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April 23, 2015

Defence has successfully demolished the Omega communication tower on the former Naval Transmission Site at Darriman.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence and Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said the demolition was completed without incident.

“Our primary concern was to make sure that the demolition was conducted safely, and I am pleased to say that we have achieved this goal,” Mr Chester said.

For safety reasons, traffic on the nearby South Gippsland Highway was halted for a short period while the tower demolition occurred.

“I would like to thank the local community for their patience,” Mr Chester added.

“The neighbouring landholders, local council and Victoria Police have been very cooperative and helpful in this project.

“I hope that we have managed to complete this project with minimal disruption to the local community.”

Representatives from Victoria Police, Worksafe and Defence attended the demolition to observe, record and support the project.

Defence contractor, Liberty Industrial Pty Ltd, cut selected cables by explosive charge, then the tower structure was destabilised and it collapsed upon itself in four large sections.

Now that the Omega tower has been demolished, Liberty Industrial will clear the site of materials, and in due course, Defence will dispose of the site.

Video footage of the demolition can be found at www.darrenchester.com

Images are available.

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