Assistant Minister for Defence - $409 million upgrade to Defence air traffic control facilities

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The Hon Michael McCormack MP

Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Minister for Defence Personnel

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

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  • Ruby Cameron (Minister McCormack’s office) –  0455 091 557
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18 March 2016

The Australian Parliament has approved a $409 million project to upgrade Defence’s air traffic control facilities.

Assistant Minister for Defence Michael McCormack today announced new and upgraded facilities will be constructed at 13 Defence bases and five off-base radar sites across Australia.

“AIR 5431 Phases 2 and 3 Air Traffic Management and Control System Facilities and Australian Defence Force Air Traffic Control Complex Infrastructure Project is a joint program between Defence and Airservices Australia,” Mr McCormack said.

“This project will upgrade Defence’s air traffic control towers and airfield systems complexes that are aged, deteriorated and no longer fit for purpose, as well as provide new and upgraded facilities and infrastructure to support the OneSKY initiative.

Australia’s OneSKY initiative will improve aviation efficiency and safety by bringing civil and military air traffic control together under a common, single air traffic management system for the first time.

“The project is expected to offer economic benefits for the local construction industry including trade contractors and materials suppliers between 2016 to 2021 – which is a great boost for local jobs,” Mr McCormack said.

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Ruby Cameron 0455 091 557

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