The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney today announced that approximately $10.6 million will be invested in RAAF Base Pearce and about $800,000 invested in RAAF Base Gin Gin as part of the 2011-12 Budget.
The $10 million Redevelopment Stage 1 project at RAAF Base Pearce will provide new and refurbished operational, training, domestic support and aircraft maintenance facilities. It will improve and upgrade engineering services and allow for demolition of redundant facilities on the base. More than $130 million has already been invested in this project. It is due to be completed in 2012.
More than half a million dollars will be invested in new aircraft pavements and airfield lighting at RAAF Base Pearce in 2011-12 $800, 000 will be invested in RAAF Base Gin Gin.
This is part of a more than $32 million national project at RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Gin Gin, HMAS Albatross and the Army Aviation Training Centre (Oakey) to upgrade pavements and lighting at defence bases and facilities. It is expected this project will be completed in late 2011.
“This Budget will get Australia back in the black by 2012-13. It will create more jobs and invest in Western Australia’s defence bases and infrastructure,” Senator Feeney said.
“I welcome this additional funding for RAAF Base Pearce. We have delivered a tough, yet responsible Budget. It will strengthen Western Australia’s economy, create jobs and provide new facilities for our diggers,” Senator Mark Bishop said.
Senator Feeney said that bringing the Budget back to black in 2012-13 was a significant achievement.
“While many countries around the world are still struggling to pick themselves up from the GFC, Australia’s economy is strong and unemployment is low,” said Senator Feeney.
More than 750,000 Australians have jobs today than was the case when the Government took office. This is in stark contrast to the 30 million jobs that were lost around the world because of the GFC.
“The 2011-12 Budget builds on the Gillard Government’s strong economic record, with a continued focus on jobs, skills and opportunity for all,” said Senator Feeney.
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