HMAS Moreton’s expanding footprint in Brisbane and South East Queensland is almost complete with its new multi-user facility and conference centre getting a trial run by the Department of Defence Consultative forum.
The forum took advantage of the brand new Conference room in the Moore Building.
HMAS Moreton is at the final stage of its $16-million base upgrade and can now boast a new boat ramp and corresponding training shelter, a transit accommodation building, 14 storage facilities, a brand new gangway and most importantly the multi-user facility.
The Defence Consultative Forum conference was Moreton’s first chance to test its new Multi-User Facility, named the Moore Building after Rear Admiral George Dunbar Moore.
The Conference, Co-Chaired by Rear Admiral Ian Murray, was a tri-service and government forum that brought defence and government representatives to the same table.
The Conference was not just a test of facilities for Moreton, but became a chance for Moreton personnel to brush up on their catering skills.
With the conference going over the lunch period, Moreton stepped in to provide a light luncheon for the attendees - treating them to gourmet pies, pastries and handmade sandwiches.
Chief Petty Officer Penny Hall was able to take charge of the small team of Moreton personnel, who helped to create 240 sandwich triangles. The traditional egg and lettuce was the favourite of the day.
Conference organiser, Major Alisa Wickham said the new facilities were amazing.
‘’We hope to come here again, even if it’s just for the catering,” Major Wickham said.
“The facility is going to be a heavily sought after asset for Moreton going ahead,” she said.
After the meeting concluded, the doors closed on the Moore building in preparation for its official opening later in the year, with the bases operational capability set to increase in the years to come.