The Commonwealth government has committed funding for the development of new infrastructure across three Army barracks.
Minister for Defence Peter Dutton and Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price have confirmed $150 million would be invested in the development of vehicle workshops, hardstands and shelters at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane, Queensland ($101.1 million), Campbell Barracks in Swanbourne, Western Australia ($34 million), and Derwent Barracks in Hobart, Tasmania (almost $16 million).
The facilities are to be built to support the modernisation of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force vehicle fleet as part of the LAND 121 Stage 5B project. Infrastructure development firm Lendlease has been tasked with delivering fit-for-purpose facilities designed to sustain the new fleet of trucks and trailers.
Lendlease has committed to meeting a target of 90 per cent local workforce participation for the Derwent Barracks upgrades, and 85 per cent for the Gallipoli and Campbell Barracks upgrades.
The Derwent Barracks upgrades are expected to be completed by late 2022, while work on Gallipoli and Campbell Barracks are scheduled to conclude in mid-2024.
The commitments form part of a broader national infrastructure project, aimed at supporting the sustainment and maintenance of the Australian Defence Force’s logistics vehicle fleet.
“This next generation of light, medium and heavy vehicles is capable of supporting combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and training to ensure the Australian Defence Force is prepared for both current and future operations,” Minister Dutton said.
Liberal senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, federal member for Curtin Celia Hammond, and member for Ryan Julian Simmonds have welcomed the investments, noting their contributions to the growth of their respective state economies.
The LAND 121 Vehicle Acquisition Program is being delivered under four phases over a 13-year period.
The program is expected to deliver over 7,000 vehicles, over 5,500 trailers and over 5,000 modules.
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