Albanese Government boosts investment in Darwin Defence infrastructure

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The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP

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30 January 2024

The Albanese Government is investing approximately $24 million in key infrastructure upgrades to Robertson Barracks and Howard Springs South in Darwin. 

Improving the ability of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to operate from Australia’s northern bases was a key priority identified by the Government in response to the Defence Strategic Review.

Robertson Barracks will see an investment of approximately $22 million in upgrades to infrastructure including medical and dental facilities, military working dog facilities and fitness facilities on the base. 

Robertson Barracks is home to over 2,000 ADF personnel from Army’s 1st Brigade and 1st Aviation Regiment. This investment will ensure these personnel are supported with modern, fit for purpose facilities. 

Howard Springs South will see an investment of approximately $2 million to deliver maintenance works. 

Works in Darwin have already begun and will create over 230 jobs in the Northern Territory, providing significant opportunities for local trades, construction and other businesses, including promoting the participation of Indigenous companies.

Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite:

“The $24 million upgrades at Robertson Barracks and Howard Springs South in Darwin will be delivered by local businesses and provide a significant boost to the local economy by creating job opportunities in the construction industry. 

“The Defence estate plays a critical role in supporting the operational readiness of the Australian Defence Force, and having a safe and maintained estate is integral to capability and supporting personnel who live, work and train on base.

“The Albanese Government will continue to invest in foundational estate and infrastructure, which is critical to the capacity of our Defence Force to keep Australians safe.”


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