The Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, attended the opening of the Quayside Terminal and Wharf 10 at the Port of Townsville with the Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs this afternoon.
The opening of the $85 million facility, designed to expand existing Defence capabilities and the growing cruise ships market, was officiated by the Governor of Queensland Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC.
Senator Johnston said Defence contributed $30 million towards an upgrade and extension of Berth 10 in cooperation with the Queensland Government, the Townsville City Council and the Port of Townsville.
“The upgrade will enhance the capability to support Navy’s Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) and the capacity to provide access for other visiting RAN and foreign warships.
“This marks an important milestone for Defence in achieving an amphibious capability for our new LHDs and for the local economy in Townsville.”
Defence contributed an additional $5.3 million to lease and develop an area within the Townsville port precinct for vehicles, equipment and personnel in support of operations.
The Minister and other dignitaries were able to inspect ships and static displays from the 3rd Brigade including HMA Ships Leeuwin, Broome, Benalla and Shepparton as well as an MRH 90 Helicopter from 5th Aviation Regiment.
Rebecca Horton (Minister Johnston’s Office): 0427 449 120
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