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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3451

Mr NEUMANN (BlairParliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing and Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General) (10:18): On behalf of the Special Minister of State, I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969 , it is expedient to carry out the following proposed work which was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works and on which the committee has duly reported to Parliament: AIR 9000 Phase 8 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo facilities project.

The Air 9000 Phase 8 project is a key Defence capability initiative that would deliver 24 MH60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters with associated support systems and weapons. The MH60R Seahawk Romeo will replace the existing 16 ageing S70B2 Seahawk helicopters and will provide Navy with advanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities. Infrastructure and building works are required to support the operations, maintenance training and ordinance storage facilities that are to be constructed at HMAS Albatross near Nowra in New South Wales, HMAS Stirling in Western Australia and Twofold Bay at Eden in New South Wales.

This capital investment will bring economic benefits to these locations for the local industry, with significant opportunities for subcontractors and construction industry associated therewith over the next four years. Works at HMAS Albatross are anticipated to generate an estimated 100 full-time jobs over a period of 16 months, peaking at approximately 260 full-time jobs. Works at HMAS Stirling are anticipated to generate an estimated 15 to 20 full-time jobs for each of the three project elements over a period of 46 months, peaking at approximately 45 full-time jobs. Works at Twofold Bay are anticipated to generate an estimated 15 full-time jobs over a period of six months, peaking at approximately 25 full time jobs.

The estimated cost of the proposal is $201.3 million plus GST and includes all delivery costs including management and design fees, construction costs, information communication technology, furniture, fittings and equipment, contingences and an allowance for escalation. In its report, the Public Works Committee has recommended that these works proceed. Subject to parliamentary approval, staged construction is scheduled to commence in late 2013 and is planned to be completed on all sites by mid-2017. On behalf of the government, I would like to thank the committee for its support and I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.