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Thursday, 3 December 2015
Page: 14759

Dr HENDY (Eden-MonaroAssistant Minister for Productivity) (17:24): 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: Delamere Air Weapons Range Redevelopment Project, Northern Territory.

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 construct new fit-for-purpose facilities to support the Royal Australian Air Force's primary training area for air-to-surface weapon deliveries at the Delamere Air Weapons Range, Northern Territory. The Delamere Air Weapons Range includes targets representing an airfield complex, an urban environment and a fuel storage complex. The range also includes a high-explosive impact area, practice bombing impact zone, practice rocketry impact zone and air-to-surface gunnery lanes. The project will support increased exercise activity and the desire from coalition partners for increased exercise access and greater operational fidelity. The project will also support the safe employment of the Air Force's weapons capabilities and the new Growler mobile threat training emitter system.

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.

The project cost is estimated at $74.4 million, excluding GST. This includes the construction costs, escalation allowances, professional service fees, design, information technology, equipment and contingencies. This investment will bring economic benefits for the Northern Territory. Subject to parliamentary approval of the project, construction is expected to begin in the first half of 2016, with completion expected by early to mid-2018. I commend the motion to the House.

Question agreed to.