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MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Bruce Scott MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR MARANOA

17 October 2002

Wallangarra to continue as DIDS site

Wallangara Base will continue as a Defence Integrated Distribution System (DIDS) site following today’s announcement that the TenixToll consortium has been selected as the preferred tenderer for the DIDS project.

Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott said TenixToll had given an undertaking to continue to deliver all services from DIDS sites located in regional and rural Australia, which was good news for Wallangarra.

Mr Scott said that in addition it had agreed to meet or exceed 335 positions nationally mandated by the Government.

“There are currently 13 personnel employed under DIDS at the Wallangarra Base, and at least 12 of these positions have been mandated,” Mr Scott said.

Today’s announcement by Defence Minister Robert Hill is expected to result in a single point of delivery for Defence’s national warehousing and distribution services and maintenance support for selected land equipment.

Mr Scott said the Government will benefit from the range of commercial experience that will manage the work and share the risk - resulting in a major saving to taxpayers of around $80 million over ten years.

He said under the contract arrangement military personnel would be re-deployed to other roles in the Australian Defence Force.

Public service personnel that were not retained by the preferred tenderer would be re-deployed, re-trained or provided redundancy packages as specified under departmental guidelines.

With the tender process finalised, Defence and TenixToll will begin negotiating detailed terms and provisions with a view to submitting finalised contracts to the Government for consideration in December.

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