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Thursday, 2 March 2017
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Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (09:31): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: LAND 155—Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Facilities project.

The Department of Defence is proposing to build new and upgraded facilities to support the sustainment and maintenance of, and training in, the enhanced gap crossing capability at four locations across Australia.

The project will deliver facilities and infrastructure at Wallangarra and Townsville, in Queensland; Darwin, in the Northern Territory; and Sydney, in New South Wales. The project will include permanent facilities for the storage of critical bridging equipment, and open storage hardstand to sustain and maintain the new capability. The new and upgraded facilities will give the Australian Army a bridging capability through the acquisition of operationally deployable solutions for use in a broad range of military and humanitarian activities. The proposed works will support an important Defence capability and allow more efficient and effective training to prepare the Australian Defence Force for deployment on operations to enhance Australia's security.

The estimated cost to deliver the project is $23.38 million, excluding GST. This includes construction costs; escalation allowances; professional service fees; design, construction and design contingencies; and information technology equipment. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is scheduled to commence in September 2017 and is expected to be completed by April 2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.