Lion’s share stays local as RAAF base job progresses
Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said the new facilities for the CH-47 Chinook helicopters were being constructed using local companies and employees.
“Some 90 per cent of the project is being delivered by local businesses,” Ms Price said.
“Through our Local Capability Industry Plan we’ve ensured that local businesses deliver the lion’s share of this project.
“With so much uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this is a welcome boost to the local economy.”
The comments come within a fortnight of the Federal Government detailing 21 new Defence contracts open for tender in the Townsville region under the new Forward Release Program.
Those projects have been listed in the Defence Estate Works Program Update Procurement Activities document, allowing potential tenderers to plan to make a bid for the works.
Also this month, the Federal Government announced it had shortlisted three firms to lead the $800 million contract for Defence facilities at the new Greenvale training area in North Queensland.
The shortlisted companies for the managing contractor role are CPB Contractors, Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction and Lendlease Building.
The project underway at at RAAF Base Townsville includes new aircraft shelters, a support facility, working accommodation and tarmac parking for three Chinooks for the 5 Aviation Regiment.
Federal Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said project manager Aurecon had engaged a local design team, Conrad Gargett, and local construction personnel under contractor LendLease.
“The project is expected to be complete later this year with around 400 workers directly participating in the construction of the new facilities, with the overwhelming majority of these Townsville locals,” Mr Thompson said.
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