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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Page: 11165

Mr GRAY (BrandSpecial Minister of State for the Public Service and Integrity and Special Minister of State) (09:33): 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: Royal Australian Air Force Base East Sale redevelopment, Sale, Victoria.

RAAF Base East Sale is the primary officer training base for the RAAF and is also a main operating air base, providing continuous support to two operational squadrons, visiting operational squadrons, minor exercises and operations and contracted research and rescue operations. The RAAF base redevelopment project estimated at $185.6 million plus GST proposes to improve the functionality and capability of the base by upgrading or replacing inadequate and non-compliant facilities, infrastructure and engineering services to meet current and anticipated future requirements. The proposal will provide major engineering services upgrades, new and refurbished working accommodation, new and refurbished training and maintenance facilities, security upgrades, a new air traffic control complex, new commercial, community and chapel facilities, a new firing range, new living-in accommodation and demolition of redundant facilities at RAAF Base East Sale.

The capital investment in the project will have economic benefits for the Victorian region and the local industry, with significant opportunities for subcontractors and the construction industry over the next three years. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is scheduled to commence in mid to late 2012 and is planned to be completed by mid 2015. I commend the motion to be House.

Question agreed to.