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RAAF bases Curtin and Learmonth set for upgrade overhaul

A United States Air Force F-22 Raptor taxis past Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft at RAAF Base Curtin during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. Photo: CPL Janet Pan.

Royal Australian Air Force bases Curtin and Learmonth are set for major upgrades under construction approved by the Department of Defence.

Royal Australian Air Force bases Curtin and Learmonth are set for major upgrades under construction approved by the Department of Defence.

The Western Australian bases, outside Derby and Exmouth, respectively, are announced to receive upgraded runways, taxiways, parking areas, aeronautical ground lighting, asphalting, and the enhancement of culverts and drainage under construction anticipated to be completed in 2028.

CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors has been selected by the Australian government’s Department of Defence to undertake the early contractor involvement development phase for the upgrades.


“CPB Contractors has successfully delivered upgrades at RAAF bases Pearce, Amberley, and Williamtown and will be applying this experience to ensure that normal operations continue without disruption while works are underway,” according to CPB Contractors managing director Jason Spears.

Our teams will be supporting the participation of local industry in line with CPB Contractors’ ongoing commitment to building industry capacity and capability through the delivery of major projects, including these two important Defence airbases.”

The ECI phase will be completed in 2024.

CIMIC Group executive chairman Juan Santamaria said CPB Contractors will focus on safe and certain delivery of Defence’s requirements for both bases.

“Our relationship with the Department of Defence stretches over decades and we are pleased to continue to be relied upon to deliver infrastructure upgrades for these vital airbases,” he said.

Robert Dougherty

Robert Dougherty

Robert is a senior journalist who has previously worked for Seven West Media in Western Australia, as well as Fairfax Media and Australian Community Media in New South Wales. He has produced national headlines, photography and videography of emergency services, business, community, defence and government news across Australia. Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Public Relations and Journalism at Curtin University, attended student exchange program with Fudan University and holds Tier 1 General Advice certification for Kaplan Professional. Reach out via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via LinkedIn.
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