Albanese Government invests in key upgrades for Katherine Defence base

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The Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP

Assistant Minister for Defence

Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

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9 May 2024

The Albanese Government is investing $41.7 million in critical infrastructure upgrades to support accommodation and facilities at RAAF Base Tindal in Katherine, Northern Territory.

One of Australia's most important strategic Defence sites, RAAF Base Tindal will receive key upgrades to live-in and working accommodation for Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

The investment also includes refurbishments to the RAAF Base Tindal Fire Station, a community building, and security alarm upgrades.

Works are underway and will create 550 job opportunities in Katherine, providing significant opportunities for local trades, construction, and other businesses, including promoting the participation of Indigenous companies.

The Albanese Government has made a generational investment in the ADF’s posture, capability, and structure to deliver the National Defence Strategy.

This includes focused investment in the Defence estate across the Northern Territory and Australia to enhance the ADF’s ability to project force, support workforce growth and meet training needs.

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

“The $41.7 million upgrades at RAAF Base Tindal will be delivered by local businesses in Katherine, providing a significant boost to the local economy.

“The Defence estate is vital in supporting ADF operational readiness, force posture and structure. A safe and well-maintained estate supports our ADF members who live, work and train on these bases.

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

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