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31st  August, 2009 

Shovel ready without a shovel 

Massive delays in the Single Leap Phase Two project for new living‐in accommodation at 17  Defence bases around Australia threatens major relocations and the urgent need to upgrade  aged and poorly maintained living in accommodation. 

In March 2007, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Peter Lindsay sought Parliamentary  approval for the $1.2 billion provision of facilities for Project Single LEAP - Phase 2.  

“This project is worth $1.2 billion, yet the government is sitting on its hands waiting for the  3535 new units to build themselves,” Mr Lindsay said. 

“The building program was given the green light in June of the same year with Defence  claiming this was 'one of the largest, if not the largest, social infrastructure project in Australia.  

“Nearly two years ago the four short-listed consortia lodged their bids but the project remains stalled with the Minister for Defence saying that no decision had yet been made as to how it would be funded.

“More worryingly the Minister has also said the project is under review. The prospect of scrapping it completely must not even be contemplated. 

“Defence told the Public Works Committee that they had two options for funding the work.  This is $1,200,000,000 that could be flowing in the national economy now, at a time when  the construction industry most needs it.   

“This is a “shovel ready project without any shovels!” 

Bases missing out including Randwick â€ NSW (650 units), Albatross â€ NSW (170), RAAF Wagga  - NSW (50), Kapooka - NSW (90), RMC - ACT (44), ADFA - ACT (75), Puckapunyal - VIC  (200), Bandiana - VIC (50), RAAF Williams - VIC (50), Simpson - VIC (120), RAAF Edinburgh -  SA (230), HMAS Stirling - WA (268), Campbell - WA (60), Robertson â€ NT (686), Larrakeyah -  NT (232) and RAAF Pearce â€ WA (20). 


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