The government is investing in the Fort Direction Explosive Ordnance facility south of Hobart, with Hansen Yuncken appointed as the medium works contractor for the construction of the new facility.
The $2.8 million project to build a new administration building at the Fort Direction Depot is part of the government’s new Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, which aims to ensure local businesses and trades have the best opportunity possible to secure work on Defence infrastructure projects.
The project was announced by Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Liberal senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz.
"As part of the Local Industry Capability Plan, Hansen Yuncken has committed to sourcing 95 per cent of its contractors from the local area. [This will] ensure that the majority of the $2.8 million invested in Fort Direction stays in the Tasmanian economy, creating jobs and supporting local industry," Minister Payne said.
"This project is the first of the Local Industry Capability Plan pilots to be implemented and it is pleasing to see that such a high percentage of works will be sourced from local Tasmanian businesses and suppliers.
"This project will help the ADF to implement the capability plans set out in the Turnbull government’s 2016 Defence White Paper as part of our $200 billion investment in Defence capability."
Senator Abetz said that Tasmanian small- and medium-sized businesses have the capability to undertake the work at Fort Direction necessary to support Defence requirements.
"Tasmanian businesses are some of the best in Australia and I have no doubt that the managing contractor will be able to achieve the 95 per cent target of local businesses and trades on this important project," Senator Abetz said.