Indigenous run NACP Projects has been selected to oversee construction and maintenance of the Nulka Missile Assembly and Maintenance defence facility.
Defence revealed that an Indigenous construction company has been the successful applicant for a $23.9 million contract to build and service the Nulka Missile Assembly and Maintenance defence export facility in NSW.
It is expected that the successful company, National Aboriginal Construction Partners (NACP) Projects will employ some 200 staff during the construction phase of the facilities, which are to be built at Orchard Hills’ Defence Establishment.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price outlined that the project will both support Indigenous owned businesses and support Australia’s defence industry.
“This contract exemplifies our strong commitment to the Closing the Gap initiative by providing dedicated opportunities for Indigenous companies,” Minister Price noted.
“The construction workforce will be about 50 to 80 workers on-site every day, with an estimated 200 workers being involved on the project over the 10-month construction period.
“NACP Projects is committed to achieving 95 per cent local industry participation for the supply of goods and services for the project.
“The Nulka decoy missile is the world’s most sophisticated electronic defence system for the protection of warships against anti-ship missiles.
“The system is currently deployed on more than 150 Australian, US and Canadian warships, making it one of Australia’s most successful export stories.
“The project will provide administration, assembly, maintenance and storage facilities to support the Nulka decoy missile.”
‘Nulka’ is of Australian Aboriginal origin, meaning ‘be quick’.
NACP Projects was selected as part of the federal government’s Indigenous Procurement Policy, and the project is expected to be finalised by 2022.
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