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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1288

Mr McCORMACK (RiverinaMinister for Small Business) (10:34): 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: Woomera Range Remediation Facilities Project.

The Department of Defence is proposing to deliver new and refurbished facilities and infrastructure that are capable of facilitating the operation of a new range for safety and control system at the Woomera Range Complex in South Australia. The project will provide purpose-built facilities that will enable more frequent and more sophisticated trials in support of future testing and evaluation of air platforms and weapons. The project also proposes to upgrade and establish new communication sites on the range that will be supported with road upgrades and the expansion of a fibre optic network. The works will provide the Australian Defence Force with purpose-built facilities to support the introduction into service of a new, state-of-the-art, integrated range control system at the Woomera Range Complex in South Australia.

The 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. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin in mid-2017, with completion expected by mid-2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.