Mar 29, 2019

Joint venture named for NQ defence facilities contract

Joint venture named for NQ defence facilities contract Townsville's Field Training Area will be among defence force facilities to be upgraded from next year.

The Federal Government has announced the winner of the $4.9 million contract to manage the planning phase of a $120 million infrastructure upgrade to North Queensland defence facilities.

Assistant Minister for Defence, David Fawcett, said today the contract had been awarded to a joint venture between F.K. Gardner and AECOM.

Senator Fawcett said the contract was part of the program to deliver infrastructure upgrades to support Australian Defence Force facilities at Townsville’s RAAF Base, Field Training Area and HMAS Cairns.

“This investment will ensure the ongoing sustainability of critical support infrastructure and improve the capability of the Defence estate into the future,” he said.

“The program reflects Defence’s commitment to delivering major infrastructure projects in Queensland and maximising opportunities for local industry.

“I am pleased to report that FKG AECOM has committed to engaging 100 per cent of its sub-contractor workforce across planning and delivery phases from the local area.

“The program will see an expected $4.7 million investment in local designers and professional industries in the planning phase, and an anticipated $82.7 million in the delivery phase for local businesses, labour and construction material suppliers.”

Townsville-based Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the investment into the local economy under the North Queensland Mid-Term Refresh Program.

“This project will provide opportunities for local jobs and economic activity in the region, which will benefit the local community,” Senator Macdonald said.

Senator Fawcett said the program would create opportunities for small to medium enterprises through ongoing training.

Construction is due to start next year and be finished in late 2023.

Australian Army soldiers trial the PD-100 Black Hornet Nano unmanned aircraft vehicle during Land Trial 02-18 at the Townsville Field Training Area in North Queensland. *** Local Caption *** The Australian Army conducted a trial (Land Trial 02-2018) at the Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA). This is the first time the Army has conducted a networked protected mobility trial of this size and scale. During the trial the Army conducted a range of testing and evaluation on the Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light Hawkei, Protected Mobility Vehicle – Medium Bushmaster, Medium Heavy Capability vehicles, a 44 metre Dry Support Bridge, enhanced Night Fighting Equipment, Black Hornet Nano Unmanned Aerial System, Battle Management System and Soldier Combat Ensemble.

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