Defence infrastructure investment delivers $16m boost for TAS economy

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10 June 2021

Almost $16 million will be invested in the delivery of vehicle workshops, hardstands and shelters in Hobart, Tasmania to support the modernisation of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force vehicle fleet.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price announced Lendlease will deliver fit-for-purpose facilities and infrastructure to sustain the new fleet of trucks and trailers being procured for the Australian Defence Force.

The project has an expected peak workforce of about 40 people per day during its 16-month construction period.

“This is part of a larger, $150 million national infrastructure project that will deliver supporting infrastructure for the sustainment and maintenance of the Australian Defence Force’s next-generation defence logistics vehicle fleet,” Minister Price said.

“This vehicle fleet is capable of supporting combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and training to ensure the Australian Defence Force is prepared for both current and future operations.

“Lendlease is committed to achieving a target of 90 per cent local workforce participation for the works being delivered at Derwent Barracks.”

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Eric Abetz, said the investment was indicative of the Australian Government ensuring strong defence capabilities.

“The construction at Derwent Barracks will benefit the local economy by providing opportunities to local suppliers and subcontractors.”

“Our vehicle fleet plays an integral role in the logistical capabilities of the Defence Force and this modernisation investment ensures our Defence Force remains world class.” 

“It’s a timely win-win for the economy as it looks to recover from Covid and for Derwent Barracks’ capabilities.”   

Work on the Derwent Barracks works being delivered under the Land 121 Stage 5B project is expected to be complete by late 2022. Public or industry enquiries can be sent to

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