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Final hurdle cleared for Mulwala redevelopment.



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MEDIA RELEASE THE HON DR BRENDAN NELSON Minister for Defence

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Thursday, 29 March 2007 026/2007

FINAL HURDLE CLEARED FOR MULWALA REDEVELOPMENT

I am pleased to announce that the $300 million redevelopment of the Commonwealth’s propellant manufacturing facility at Mulwala, N.S.W. has been recommended to proceed by the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Public Works and that this recommendation has been approved by Parliament.

The redevelopment will modernise the core propellant production capability at Mulwala, which is essential to delivering a safer propellant manufacturing capability and in meeting environmental regulations.

The Department of Defence will now finalise negotiation for the design and construction of the new propellant manufacturing plant with the preferred tenderer, Bovis Lend Lease, which has teamed with US munitions technology partner ATK.

The contract is expected to be awarded by mid-2007.

I congratulate the Hon Dr Sharman Stone, the Hon Sussan Ley and Mrs Sophie Mirabella for their tireless advocacy for this project - which will generate tens of millions of dollars of economic activity in the region - and in support of the propellant manufacturing facility’s 300 employees.

The construction workforce for the project is expected to peak at 250 with about $150 million of work available to Australian industry during design and construction.

Australia needs the ability to be able to locally produce our own munitions.

Completion of this important project will mean that Australia maintains an indigenous capability for propellant manufacture for military munitions.

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