A leading Indigenous construction company has been contracted to deliver a $7 million explosive ordnance storage facility at RAAF Base Darwin, setting the Northern Territory up for a major job boost.
Tiwi Partners is expected to engage 95 workers during the project's construction phase, while 96 per cent of sub-contract packages would go to industry within 50 kilometres of RAAF Darwin, according to Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.
"These works will support Royal Australian Navy vessels operating in the north," Minister Price said.
"They will include the construction of a new, special-purpose, earth-covered building within the existing explosive ordnance precinct at RAAF Base Darwin to support the Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels."
"This is a significant investment in the Northern Territory economy, which is supporting local businesses and jobs in the Top End."
Following talks between Minister Price and Master Builders NT last week discussing Defence's $3.5 billion infrastructure investment plan for the NT, the Tiwi Partners contract comes as part of an $8 billion investment in northern Australia over the next decade.
This latest project had also come at a critical time as Australia continued to navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our investment in RAAF Darwin was brought forward as part of the Morrison government's $1 billion investment package to boost Australia's defence industry during the COVID pandemic," Minister Price said.
"This package saw $190 million of investment just in the Northern Territory to support jobs and the local economy.
"It's also part of the $2.1 billion Navy Capability Infrastructure Sub-program, delivering maritime and landside facilities across Australia."
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Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.