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Thursday, 22 June 2017
Page: 7445

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:47): 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: HMAS Cerberus redevelopment, Western Port Bay, Victoria.

The Department of Defence proposes to remediate and upgrade facilities and engineering infrastructure at HMAS Cerberus to better support Navy and Australian Defence Force training operations and base support services functions. HMAS Cerberus, located at Crib Point in Victoria, is the principal and largest training establishment of the Royal Australian Navy, with approximately 6,000 training places annually over 300 courses, with an average of 1,100 trainees on courses at any one time throughout the year.

The project will provide opportunities to improve current site environmental conditions by addressing inefficiencies in engineering services. The project will have a positive social and economic benefit for the region, with the total number of personnel directly engaged by the project estimated at 1,100 over the proposed delivery time frame. The estimated cost to deliver the project is $463.1 million excluding GST. This includes the construction costs, management and design fees, furniture, information and communications technology, fitting and equipment, contingencies and an allowance for escalation. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to commence in late 2017 and be completed in mid-2025. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.