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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14757

Dr HENDY (Eden-MonaroAssistant Minister for Productivity) (17:14): I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of thePublic 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: HMAS Stirling redevelopment, Stage 3A, Garden Island, Western Australia.

As the former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance advised the House when referring this project to the Public Works Committee, the Department of Defence is proposing to upgrade and replace ageing critical infrastructure and to construct new facilities at HMAS Stirling on Garden Island, Western Australia.

The existing infrastructure at HMAS Stirling has reached or is nearing the end of its design life, and will not continue to effectively support Navy operations for Western Australia without immediate and substantial redevelopment. The HMAS Stirling redevelopment stage 3A project will include critical upgrades to civil, maritime, electrical, water, sewerage and communications infrastructure. It will also include general building upgrades to key facilities, and a new base entrance to improve and extend functionality essential to support current and future naval operations.

The committee has conducted an inquiry and is of the view that the project signifies value for money for the Commonwealth and constitutes a project that is fit for purpose and expedient to carry out. On behalf of the government I would like to thank the committee for, once again, undertaking a timely inquiry. Subject to parliamentary approval, construction is expected to begin in mid-2017, and should be completed by early 2020. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.