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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Page: 11164

Mr GRAY (BrandSpecial Minister of State for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State) (09:31): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: HMAS Albatross redevelopment, Nowra, New South Wales.

HMAS Albatross is the centre of the Royal Australian Navy's maritime aviation capability, supporting operations of one training helicopter squadron and two operational helicopter squadrons. This proposal is at an estimated cost of $192 million plus GST to upgrade and replace ageing, obsolete and, in some cases, potentially unsafe infrastructure to improve the functionality and capability of the facilities at HMAS Albatross to support Navy's training and operational requirements.

The proposal will provide a comprehensive engineering services upgrade, new refurbished working accommodation, a new hot refuelling capability, works to provide increased future airside development space and demolition of redundant facilities at HMAS Albatross. The capital investment in the project will have economic benefits for the Shoalhaven region and local industry with significant opportunities for subcontractors and the construction industry over the next three years. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin mid-next year with completion expected in mid-2015. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.