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Budget 2004: $705 milliion for new and upgraded Defence facilities.

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BUDGET 2004-05 SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate


Tuesday, 11 May 2004 087/2004


The Budget includes $705 million for new and upgraded Defence facilities and maintenance for the Defence estate.

Defence Minister Robert Hill said Defence would spend about $305 million in 2004-05 on approved capital facilities projects that will support Australian Defence Force capabilities.

“Defence bases around the country are being redeveloped to ensure ADF personnel have the best possible facilities to work from,” Senator Hill said.

“Some of the spending in 2004-05 includes:

• $50 million for new facilities for 1 Aviation Regiment at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, including purpose-built working, training and domestic accommodation facilities. Construction commenced in April 2004 and is due for completion by the end of 2005.

• $39 million for new working facilities for Army units at Lavarack Barracks in Townsville to replacing existing inadequate facilities. Construction of new facilities for 1 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment will be completed by October 2004 and construction of new facilities for Headquarters 3 Brigade will commence in November 2004. All stage 3 works are scheduled to be completed by December 2005.

• $38 million for new and redeveloped facilities and infrastructure necessary for the introduction into service of the Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft at RAAF Base Williamtown, New South Wales.

• $25 million to restore working accommodation and infrastructure in support of the Air Force Air Lift capability at RAAF Base Richmond, NSW. The proposed works will help to maintain RAAF Base Richmond until at least 2010. About 50 jobs are expected to be created during construction from mid 2004.

• $11.5 million to redevelop Oakey Base in Queensland to support the flying and maintenance training necessary for the introduction of the new fleet of Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters.

“Further significant funding is expected to be approved during the year for more major capital projects following consideration by the Government and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works. These include the $300 million Headquarters Joint Operations Command at Bungendore and new facilities for Special Forces at Holsworthy, both in NSW.”

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Senator Hill said the Government would also provide an extra $300 million over three years from 2005-06 to meet increasing costs of maintaining the Defence estate.

“As there is a critical need to commence some of this work straight away, Defence has redirected an additional $100 million from within its existing budget to estate upkeep in 2004-05,” Senator Hill said.

“The extra money will be spent on maintaining Defence’s extensive base infrastructure, including airfields, naval bases, barracks, training ranges, cadet facilities and fuel farms. Funds will also be used to meet community environmental and occupational health and safety regulatory requirements. The program of estate upkeep works will be developed each year with projects focussing on the areas of highest priorities.”

“Examples of works to be undertaken in 2004-05 include:

• wharf repairs at Garden Island ship yards in Sydney, New South Wales;

• an upgrade of the bulk fuel storage at Puckapunyal, Victoria;

• repairs to airfield lighting at RAAF Amberley, Queensland;

• soil and water quality monitoring at Defence Science and Technology Organisation Edinburgh and RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia;

• refurbishment of cranes and wharves at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia;

• maintenance works at Anglesea Barracks, Tasmania;

• replacement of cooling towers at RAAF Tindal, the Northern Territory;

• heritage management works at the Royal Military College Duntroon, the Australian Capital Territory; and

• improvements to address occupational health and safety issues at Cadet facilities in various States.”