HMAS Watson redevelopment to deliver hundreds of local jobs

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

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3 February 2020

Hundreds of local jobs will be created as the HMAS Watson redevelopment project gets underway later this month. 


Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced Lendlease Building Pty Ltd has been awarded the $389 million managing contractor contract, with works to begin within weeks.


The major upgrades will deliver new and improved training facilities for sailors at HMAS Watson, Navy’s principal warfare and navigation training establishment.


“This investment ensures HMAS Watson will support training for over 1300 students each year.  A new training precinct, new living-in accommodation for at least 236 trainees, a medical clinic, and upgrades to existing water, electrical and communication services, base security and galleys are all part of the project,” Minister Price said.


“Around 360 construction personnel will be employed at the site when construction reaches its peak, and it is expected that another 10,000 personnel from the local manufacturing and transport industries will benefit.”


Under the Morrison Government’s Defence Policy for Industry Participation, Lendlease Building will maximise opportunities for local businesses to supply goods and services for the project.


“In line with Government policy, Lendlease Building has pledged a target of awarding 95 per cent of their sub-contract packages to businesses located within 60 km of HMAS Watson,” Minister Price said.


“Not only is this project a great opportunity for local small businesses, but it is providing our hardworking sailors at HMAS Watson with new and improved facilities for their training.”


Construction is scheduled to commence in February 2020, with completion due by mid-2026.


For more information, please visit the HMAS Watson Redevelopment public website at

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