Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester MP, today announced that the Campbell Barracks Redevelopment Project had been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works.
Campbell Barracks has been the home of the Army’s Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) since the 1960s and the existing facilities are no longer of a suitable standard.
Mr Chester said that much of the Campbell Barracks facility was outdated and had reached the end of its design life.
“The Campbell Barracks Redevelopment Project will provide modern, flexible, purpose-built facilities and improved infrastructure to support the requirements of the SASR,” Mr Chester said.
“The redevelopment project will give the SASR the facilities they need to work, operate, maintain and support the Army’s efforts, both in war time and peace.”
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Federal Member for Curtin, Julie Bishop MP, has welcomed the announcement.
“The SASR plays an integral role in Australia’s defence operations and I am particularly proud to have the regiment on our doorstep here in Western Australia,” Ms Bishop said.
“As the local member, I am pleased that Campbell Barracks is receiving this much needed redevelopment which will give our soldiers the world-class facilities they need to defend and serve our nation’s interests in Australia and abroad at the highest level.”
The cost of the project is estimated to be $223.6 million. Subject to Parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin in early 2016 and be completed by early 2018.
Stephanie Vanicek (Julie Bishop’s office) 0409 579 577
Brie Colley (Darren Chester’s Office) (02) 6277 4029
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