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A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

A MUSICAL VOYAGE - Royal Australian Navy

- 72 – 14. Under the

- 72 – 14. Under the planned distribution of days none of the reserve detachments will be able to operate beyond 30 Jun 10. For example, it is not feasible to expect that the 100 days allocated to the Queensland detachment could be distributed among 27 musicians with any productive purpose or enable it to maintain any real level of capability: this outcome is the same for the South Australian detachment. The outcome is marginally better for the Tasmanian and Western Australian detachments; nevertheless, it will remain impossible for either of these two detachments to maintain any real level of output. In effect, the NR WOCWR reduces the band from seven detachments (two full-time and five part-time) positioned in six major capital cities, to two full-time detachments in Sydney and Melbourne. 15. At best, the band may be able to maintain one part-time detachment (albeit with reduced capability) by redistributing the 760 days. This will require four of the five parttime detachments to be disestablished, and will generate a significant level of adverse representation by our reserve musicians and members of the community. Furthermore, it is difficult to appreciate how the outcome delivered by the NR WOCWR will enhance Navy’s ability to build its positive reputation; nor can it enhance Navy’s ability to build partnerships with the Australian public. In effect, the NR WOCWR significantly diminishes the ability of Navy’s most effective public relations platform (the RAN Band), to deliver Navy’s key messages throughout the community. Recommended options 16. Option 1. Redistribute the 760 days to maintain one part-time detachment and two Reserve Support Elements (within the full-time detachments) keeping a small additional pool of reserve musicians who have unique capability enabling the band to sustain its Sea Deployment activities; however, to keep within the financial limits, the mix of days will require amendment as shown at Annex C. Further consideration will be needed to determine where this part-time detachment should reside. 17. At first glance it would appear most suitable to maintain a detachment in Perth to support Fleet Base West. However, Navy already enjoys significant profile in this region and the detachment currently provides very limited direct support to Fleet Units—its audience reach is also limited by the regions low population base. However, Navy will be able to achieve greater public relations exposure by positioning this detachment in Brisbane where a very large audience reach is possible with more than four million people living in South East Queensland. • This option reduces the number of reserve musicians from 126 to 22. • This option disestablishes four of the five part-time detachments and significantly reduces the band ability to extend its reach across the nation. • The salary cost for this option is $140,640 which represents an 83% cut compared against current funding levels. • This option delivers in a significant reduction to the detachment’s capability—support to ceremonial activities will no longer be part of the detachment’s capability suite. • This option will require supplementation to the band’s Suppliers and Expenses (in the order of $105,000 annually) to provide support to ship visits and major Navy activities in the regions vacated by the part-time detachments. 10 10 This estimate is based on the assumption that the remaining part-time detachment will be positioned in Brisbane. Additional funds will be required to fly 20 PN musicians to support: two ship Farewell and Welcome Home Ceremonies and Navy Week at FBW ($75K); Navy Week in Tasmania ($14K) and Navy Week in Adelaide $16K). Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

- 73 – • This option will enable the detachment to assist the local Commander, at HMAS Stirling or Navy Headquarters - South Queensland, advance Navy’s reputation—as the primary role—as directed by Chief of Navy. 11 • This option establishes two Reserve Support Elements within the two fulltime detachments to sustain the band’s sea deployment activities. • This option reduces the national output from 225 to 25 community engagement tasks each year at a salary cost of $5,624 per task. An estimated audience of 20,000 people will be directly engaged for a total salary cost of $140,640. 18. Option 2. Maintain a presence in each of the current locations with a reduction of musician numbers and by reshaping current capability into four 12-piece highly mobile ensembles, and maintain two Reserve Support Elements (within the full-time detachments) keeping a small additional pool of reserve musicians who have unique capability enabling the band to sustain its Sea Deployment activities. • This option reduces the number of reserve musicians from 126 to 59. • This option disestablishes one of the five reserve detachments (DET NSW) but still achieves a music presence in each of the current locations. 12 • The salary cost for this option is $390,370 which represents a 54% cut compared against current funding levels. • This option delivers in a significant reduction in each detachment’s capability— ceremonial activities will no longer be part of the capability suite. • This option will require supplementation to the band’s Suppliers and Expenses (in the order of $54,000 annually) to augment local musician numbers to provide additional support to major Navy activities in the regions. 13 • This option maintains two Reserve Support Elements within the two fulltime detachments to support the band’s sea deployment activities. • This option will enable the part-time detachments to assist the local Commanders in Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth advance Navy’s reputation—as the primary role—as directed by Chief of Navy. • This option will reduce the national output from 225 to 100 community engagement tasks each year at a salary cost of $3,904 per task. An estimated audience of 80,000 people will be directly engaged for a total salary cost of $390,370. 19. Option 3 (preferred option). Maintain current capability levels in each of the current locations but implement a 45% cut and also maintain two Reserve Support Elements (within the full-time detachments) keeping a small additional pool of reserve musicians who have unique capability and enabling the band to sustain its Sea Deployment activities. • This option reduces the number of reserve musicians from 126 to 89. • This option disestablishes one of the five small reserve detachments (DET NSW) but still achieves a music presence in each of the current locations. 11 Chief of Navy, Directive to the Commanding Officer - Navy Headquarters South Queensland 12 RANBAND DET NSW is collocated with RANBAND DET SYD 13 Additional funds will be required to fly eight PN musicians to support: two ship Farewell and Welcome Home Ceremonies and Navy Week at FBW ($32K); Navy Week in Tasmania ($6K), Navy Week in Brisbane ($8K), and Navy Week in Adelaide ($8K). Royal Australian Navy Band: A Musical Voyage

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