Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney has welcomed the Government’s approval of an $870 million Defence relocation project from Moorebank to Holsworthy, NSW.
The Moorebank Units Relocation project will result in the relocation of 13 Army Units and four Defence facilities, including the Australian Army’s School of Military Engineering. The relocation is needed because the buildings are currently on the site of a future Intermodal Terminal.
Senator Feeney says the works will include working, instructional, support and living-in accommodation to ensure all units are fully supported in the transition.
“This project will also include the re-development of a number of other facilities at Holsworthy, to not just make the relocation possible, but to make it efficient too.
“The re-developed facilities will include a new area mess, a physical fitness complex and new working facilities for the Army Reserve’s 5th Brigade,” Senator Feeney said.
The project will also establish a new main barracks entry and security arrangements, with the development of a new, signalised entry point off Heathcote Road.
“These changes will also address traffic congestion concerns in the area, and separate the traffic destined for the Holsworthy Barracks from that seeking the Holsworthy Railway Station and nearby residences,” he said.
“We will see direct and indirect economic benefits for Sydney’s south-west over the next three years, with construction opportunities for businesses of all sizes.”
The relocation from Moorebank is necessary due to the Intermodal Terminal project, a major element of the Government’s National Freight Strategy.
In its report to Parliament, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) recommended the project go ahead without qualification.
The project is scheduled to commence work in October this year and completed by late 2015.
Senator Feeney’s Office: Jeffrey von Drehnen 0477 348 476