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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1287


Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:32): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: LAND 17 Phase 1B/1C—Construction and upgrade of indirect fire support facilities.

The Department of Defence is proposing to construct new and refurbished facilities and infrastructure to support the introduction, operation and deployment of the new Australian Defence Force artillery capability at eight Defence locations across Australia. This multiphase project will give the Australia Defence Force a new suite of ammunition, artillery command and fire control systems, and new delivery platforms for Australian Regular Army units across Australia.

In its report, the committee has made a recommendation in relation to contamination issues and has requested that Defence provide regular updates to the committee regarding the containment and management of contaminated areas and to also keep the community informed. Defence acknowledges the recommendations of the committee and will implement them to the extent that it does not compromise Defence operations and security.

The Public Works Committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for once again undertaking a rigorous a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin in early 2017, with completion expected by early 2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.