Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett and Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance Zed Seselja have announced a $33.4 million contract to deliver upgrades to Defence health facilities in the ACT.
Following a competitive tendering process, Defence has awarded a $33.4 million contract to Kane Constructions for the construction of a new health centre at the Royal Military College Duntroon.
The upgrades are part of a $212 million Joint Health Command Garrison Health Facilities Upgrade Project, which will see improvements to Defence health centres across 13 sites nationally.
Senator Fawcett said the upgrades would help support the Australian Defence Force to maintain and sustain health preparedness for operational requirements, saying, "This new health centre will enhance the provision of primary care, mental health, rehabilitation, pharmacy, physiotherapy and dental services to ADF members in the Canberra region."
Senator Seslja reinforced Senator Fawcett's comments, saying, "The awarding of this contract follows significant Commonwealth investment in the ACT, including the $500 million expansion of the War Memorial, $63 million for the National Gallery, $80 million to clean up our waterways, $4 million for the expansion of Clare Holland House and a new building for the Department of Social Services in Tuggeranong and Immigration at the airport."
Kane Constructions anticipates up to 53 sub-contract packages, with a value of $30 million, will be sourced from companies within the local Canberra region. They are aiming for around 90 per cent of the workforce to come from the ACT region.
Joint Health Command (JHC) provides health care to ADF members and ensures the health preparedness of ADF personnel for operations, as well as deployable elements of JHC for deployment in support of operations. To support this, JHC develops strategic health policy, provides strategic level health advice and exercises technical and financial control of ADF health units.