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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Peter Reith, MP Minister for Defence

 

22 May 2001 MIN 150/01

DEFENCE BUDGET GOOD NEWS FOR QUEENSLAND I am pleased to announce that the 2001-02 Defence Budget will bring significant benefits to Queensland, with allocations totalling more than $635 million for Queensland Defence facilities projects.

Major projects announced in the Budget include:

Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Stage 2, which will provide a range of new facilities and infrastructure, including new single-soldier living accommodation, to ensure the long-term viability of Lavarack Barracks as the major base of the ADF Rapid Deployment Force. Construction should be completed by December 2001.

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Lavarack Barracks Redevelopment Stage 3, which will complete the redevelopment of the barracks, upgrading or providing new working accommodation for existing units and provide for the future relocation of Headquarters 11 Brigade and supporting units from Jezzine Barracks. Construction will commence late in 2001 and be completed in 2005.

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RAAF Townsville Redevelopment Stage 1, which will provide new facilities, including loading aprons and aircraft support infrastructure, to support the operational role of RAAF Townsville. The redevelopment of the base will be carried out in two stages with Stage 1 due for completion by mid-2002. An important element of the process, the negotiation of an indigenous land-use agreement, is nearing completion.

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RAAF Amberley Redevelopment, which will provide improved aircraft maintenance, operation, support and training facilities. It is expected that construction will be completed on schedule by mid-2002.

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With some 13,370 ADF and Department of Defence personnel based in Queensland, and annual salaries of around $574 million paid by the Commonwealth to these personnel, Queensland will continue to benefit from Commonwealth expenditure on Defence in the long term.

The 2001-02 Budget reaffirms the Government’s commitment to implementing the White Paper recommendations, with an overall increase in Defence funding announced in the Budget.

The Government’s new strategic direction for the Australian Defence Force and the funding decisions announced in the White Paper were the most specific long-term defence funding commitment given by any Australian Government in over 25 years.

Defence’s funding will increase above existing levels by $0.5 billion in 2001-02, $1.0 billion in 2002-03, $1.4 billion in 2003-04 and $1.9 billion in 2004-05, and will increase overall by an average of three per cent per year between now and 2011.

With this Budget, the first $4.7 billion of the $23.5 billion promised in the White Paper has been confirmed.

This Budget puts the money behind the Government’s commitment to match defence funding to Australia’s strategic objectives.

Projects approved in this Budget:

Location Project Project

budget

$000

2001-02

expenditure$000

RAAF Amberley Base redevelopment 77,400 15,000

Wallangarra Storage facilities 5,700 2,700

Townsville Halifax Bay range relocation 3,000 3,000

Townsville Lavarack Barracks Regional

Training Centre North Queensland facilities

3,000 1,000

RAAF Townsville Flight Deck Procedural Training Facility 2,310 1,100

RAAF Townsville Redevelopment Stage 2* 72,546 2,000

Enoggera Barracks Catering rationalisation 11,600 0

Canungra Defence Intelligence Training

Centre

17,400 3,000

Oakey Oakey redevelopment 57,677 2,000

Townsville Lavarack Barracks

Redevelopment Stage 2

144,308 19,522

Townsville Lavarack Barracks

Redevelopment Stage 3

170,649 10,000

RAAF Townsville Redevelopment Stage 1 70,100 49,566

TOTAL QUEENSLAND   108,888

* Denotes projects planned to commence in 2001-02. Other projects are already under way.

Media contact: Minister’s Media Adviser Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Defence Media Liaison Tim Bloomfield 0404 822 361

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