The Veteran Transition Facility, (VTF) otherwise known as Camp X-Ray is neatly sandwiched between 200 hectares of state forest and The Ewen Maddock Dam. Camp X-Ray, is around a dozen buildings on 50 hectares of mostly bush land situated just north of the Glasshouse Mountains, 82 kilometers north of Brisbane and around 23 kilometers west from Caloundra.
Historically, groups were offered a range of activities including; high ropes courses, middle and low ropes courses, canoeing, kayaking, archery, raft building, orienteering, etc
Up until SMEAC sought and were granted a ministerial intervention the camp was to be demolished and turned into parkland. Currently the camp property and its surrounding area is closed and completely out of bounds to the general public. The buildings have effectively been placed in mothballs albeit in surprisingly good condition. All of the windows and doors have been boarded up with minor damage by vandalism.
The power and water have been disconnected but preliminary inquiries have established that in the big picture this is relatively minor and totally reversible.
The high rope obstacle course has been lowered and requires reconstruction and the 5-kilometre obstacle course is in complete disrepair. SMEAC has a veteran high rope company on standby who is an expert in the field of designing, installing and commissioning state of the art climbing walls and rappelling tower and high rope infrastructure.
The cost of refurbishing the camp back to pristine condition ready to operate school camp, run courses and conduct weekend activities has been professionally estimated at around $2.5 million, (excluding the MUD), and all plans and building schedules have been developed and are ready for submission.
Opportunity for corporations, businesses, trusts or individuals to secure building and infrastructure naming rites is now available. Funds raised from each procurement will be directly used for that particular building or piece of infrastructure i.e. “The Langley International MUD Center”.
HQ is responsible for steering the machine in the right direction, making decisions, running day to day activities and planning future operations. The HQ consists of; the operations cell, the admin cell, the information technology cell,the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Cyber security cell, the marketing cell, the workplace health and safety cell, finance cell, fundraising cell, and the construction manager.
A Coy is responsible for all “children’s activities”. This includes school camps for up to 150 children run weekly, providing SE Queensland kids the best fun filled adventure, run by veterans and focussed on the next generation. Schools will be allocated a number of vouchers provided by corporate sponsors ensuring that no child gets left behind.
A Coy will also run SMEAC Veteran Youth, (SVY) and SMEAC Youth Justice, (SYJ) programs, which are based on a ten-day adventure package, run by veterans to ensure that Australia’s next generation is prepared for all the challenges that lay ahead.
B Coy is responsible for running adult-based training, programs and events. This includes corporate training, extreme corporate packages, functions, reunions, theme nights, extreme events, obstacle course racing, (OCR), triathlons, marathons etc. These events may also utilise the 5-kilometre obstacle course, 500 meter High Rope Course and the Langley MUD facility.
C Coy is responsible for operating The Langley Multi User Depot, (MUD). This includes the maintenance and operation of the high and low rope course, climbing wall, rappelling tower DHC4 (Caribou Mock Up) parachute simulation exit tower and two layers of interactive war museum.
D Coy is SMEAC’s Training Company, responsible for running and overseeing all the courses, qualifications and training conducted within SMEAC. D Coy will operate under guidance from CORE Security Training, SMEAC’s own veteran run RTO, ensuring that D Coy complies with all regulations and legislation. SMEAC will have a suite of practical courses designed for the veteran combining a mix of wellness and adventure courses designed for employment within SMEAC and outside organisations.
SPT Coy will be an extremely important sub unit within the VTF, Spt Coy will be staffed by subject matter experts responsible for providing direct support to veterans and the next generation. The different cells within SPT Coy will provide support such as counselling, social welfare, drug and alcohol support including drug testing and veteran advocacy.
Once operational SPT Coy will eventually operate a veteran run drug rehabilitation programs for veterans run by recovered veteran addicts.
Admin Coy will contain the logistics cells that keep SMEAC operating including; Tech Support Cell, (Fixing stuff), Transport Cell, (Operating the vehicle fleet), Medic Cell, (Fixing people), and the Quartermaster Cell, (Telling you what equipment you can’t have).