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$58.7 million RAAF Base Tindal redevelopment stage 5 in Northern Territory given go ahead by Parliament.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Minister for Defence

THE HON MIKE KELLY MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

www.defence.gov.au

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 067/2008

$58.7 MILLION RAAF BASE TINDAL REDEVELOPMENT STAGE 5 IN NORTHERN TERRITORY GIVEN GO AHEAD BY PARLIAMENT

Minister for Defence, the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, and Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, announced today a major redevelopment for RAAF Base Tindal in the Northern Territory.

“Many of the facilities at the Base are now inadequate to meet the demands placed upon them and many are also in need of refurbishment,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The redevelopment will be a mixture of new facilities, refurbishment and extensions to existing facilities. It will include upgrades to the Base engineering services, aircraft maintenance facilities, warehousing, new fuel tanker maintenance and liquid dry breathing oxygen facilities as well as catering and messing improvements.

The Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Public works has recommended the $58.7 million proposal proceed and this recommendation has been approved by Parliament.

“RAAF Base Tindal is a critical piece of Defence infrastructure that supports a key part of Australia’s air power strategy. This redevelopment will ensure that capability is delivered into the future,” Dr Kelly said.

Construction is planned to commence in mid 2009 and be completed in mid 2011.

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