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Twofold Bay Navy project delivers on commitments.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

 

08 Jul 2002 MIN 337/02

TWOFOLD BAY NAVY PROJECT DELIVERS ON COMMITMENTS

The Hon. Fran Bailey Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence announced today that the Commonwealth had successfully negotiated and registered a second Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) which will allow Defence to construct and operate a multi-purpose wharf and Naval munitions and storage facility.

The latest agreement is with the Twofold Bay Native Title Group over land and waters at Twofold Bay near Eden, and was registered with the National Native Title Tribunal on 29 April this year.

"This $40 million project meets Navy’s long-term logistic and ammunitioning requirements for its east-coast-based fleet.

"The new Agreement is significant as the voluntary nature of the Agreement paves the way for collaborative relationships between the parties for the future management of the land and waters in this area."

The Parliamentary Secretary said that a Liaison Committee had been established comprising Defence and NSW agency stakeholders and members of the Twofold Bay Native Title Group.

"The Liaison Committee will discuss the operation of the Agreement, provide advice and deal with Cultural Heritage protection issues.

"I congratulate the local federal MP Gary Nairn and the Twofold Bay Native Title Group for their participation and commitment in this historic event.

 

"The agreements hold promise for the future cooperative resolution of native title issues through agreement in the interests of current and future generations of Australians."

Local firms are winning contracts for construction of the wharf. So far 16 of the 23 construction jobs created have been won by locals.

The extent of available skilled workers in the local area has been a surprise to the construction contractor, Baulderstone-Hornibrook. The company expects more jobs will flow to locals with the right construction skills as construction activity picks up over the next year.

 

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