Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, yesterday announced approval of a $495 million investment in two projects for new facilities at the Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, Northern Territory.
The first project, a $223 million base redevelopment, will address the upgrade of critical in-ground infrastructure, support on-base growth over the next 25 years, and improve the working environment for Defence personnel.
Minister Payne said the second, a concurrent $272 million Facilities to Support Naval Operations in the North project, will deliver a new outer wharf to support the Royal Australian Navy’s major surface combatant ships and submarines.
“The project will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) capacity to conduct operations and exercises in the north of Australia, while providing fuel storage and refuelling capabilities to meet current and projected demands,” Minister Payne said.
Minister Payne said the combined projects demonstrate the Government’s commitment to a strengthened Defence presence in northern Australia.
“This investment in Defence facilities will enhance support to ADF operations and maximise opportunities for local industry,” Minister Payne said.
Both Larrakeyah Defence Precinct projects will be delivered by Laing O’Rourke as Managing Contractor, with construction works scheduled to commence in
late 2018 and due for completion by mid-2023.
A Local Industry Capability Plan aims to maximise opportunities for small to medium local businesses in the Northern Territory to compete for and win sub-contract work on these projects.