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Thursday, 21 March 2013
Page: 2916


Mr GRAY (BrandSpecial Minister of State and Minister for the Public Service and Integrity) (10:32): 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:

AIR 9000 Phase 8 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo facilities project.

The Air 9000 Phase 8 project is a key defence capability initiative that will deliver 24 MH-60R Seahawk Romeo maritime combat helicopters with associated support systems and weapons. The MH-60R Seahawk Romeo will replace the existing 16 ageing S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters and will provide Navy with advanced anti-submarine and warfare capabilities.

Infrastructure and building works are required to support MH-60R Seahawk Romeo operations, maintenance, training and ordnance storage facilities that are to be constructed at HMAS Albatross, near Nowra, New South Wales, at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia, and at Twofold Bay, Eden, New South Wales. This capital investment will bring economic benefits to these locations for local industry with significant opportunities for subcontractors and the construction industry over the next four years.

Works at HMAS Albatross are anticipated to generate an average of 100 full-time jobs over the period of 16 months, peaking at approximately 260 full-time jobs. Works at HMAS Stirling are anticipated to generate an average of 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 average of 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 and communications technology, furniture, fittings, equipment contingencies and an allowance for escalation. 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. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.