Federal money for Gingin air base

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The Department of Defence intends to spend $8m at Gingin air base during 2018-19, according to Pearce MHR Christian Porter.

GINGIN air base will benefit from three projects outlined in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

One of the projects is new and two will be a continuation of work already started there.

The new project is the airfield capital works project, in which $3.1 million will be spent to upgrade aircraft pavement and aeronautical ground lighting at Gingin in 2018-19.

One of the continuing projects is the air traffic control complex infrastructure and fixed base defence air traffic management and control system project, which is upgrading air traffic management supporting infrastructure around the country.

Next financial year the Department of Defence is expected to spend $2.4m at Gingin, in addition to the $4.8m invested there to date.

In another continuing program, the pilot training system facilities project, which is providing fit-for-purpose facilities to support the modern joint training aircraft system at bases the department plans to spend $2.5m at the Gingin air base in 2018-19, in addition to the $10m  already spent there.

Defence Minister Marise Payne said Pearce was home to more than 500 defence personnel, almost 100 Defence Housing Australia properties, and included Pearce and Gingin air bases and the Bindoon, Lancelin and Northam training areas.

“Pearce is vitally important to the Australian Defence Force and the Liberal Government is continuing to invest strongly in capability, personnel and facilities in the region as a key outcome of our 2016 Defence White Paper and $200 billion investment in defence capability,” she said.

“Further, our local industry capability plan program is ensuring that businesses and trades in Pearce and surrounding regions have the best opportunity possible to secure work on important defence facilities projects in Pearce.”

“Of the 185 infrastructure sub-contracts let in Western Australia on current defence infrastructure projects, 88 per cent have gone to local industry.”

Pearce MHR Christian Porter MP, who is also the federal Attorney-General, said Pearce had a long history of supporting the Australian Defence Force and that the 2018-19 Budget demonstrated the government’s confidence in that relationship continuing.

“The opportunities available for businesses in Pearce to secure millions of dollars in work as defence upgrades its facilities over the coming years are significant and I’m proud that the Liberal Government is demonstrating its commitment to local businesses to deliver on this important work,” he said.