A $71.8 million project to support the relocation of the Army’s 17th Construction Squadron to RAAF Base Amberley has been approved by Parliament.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester, said the 17th Construction Squadron Relocation Infrastructure Project would provide new working accommodation, vehicle shelters, quartermaster stores and workshops, as well as a new Fire Training Area for the RAAF Fire Services.
“The new facilities will provide a consolidated Engineer Support Regiment with modern and fit-for-purpose facilities to work, operate, maintain and support the Army’s efforts, both in war time and peace,” Mr Chester said.
“Relocating the 17th Construction Squadron to RAAF Base Amberley will provide enhanced operational and training effectiveness, increase deployment readiness, and reduce travel and transportation times. It will also enhance command and control arrangements.”
The investment will bring economic benefits for local industry in Ipswich, Queensland, over the next two years.
Construction is expected to begin in late 2015 and be completed by late 2016.
Brie Colley (Darren Chester’s Office) (02) 6277 4029
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