Wagga Wagga to Benefit From Increased Defence Spending

 In Land, Defense, Australia, Air, Forces & Capabilities, FVEY

Wagga Wagga Defence sites will ben­e­fit from the government’s $10 bil­lion invest­ment into NSW defence facil­i­ties. The fresh­ly-minted 2020 Force Structure Plan lays out a number of equip­ment and capa­bil­i­ty upgrades, which the Defence Minister said will ensure the city’s con­tin­ued strate­gic impor­tance to the defence of Australia.

The city hosts the Army Recruit Training Centre (ARTC) at Kapooka and Royal Australian Air Force Base Wagga at Forest Hill, and is cur­rent­ly Australia’s only tri-ser­vice city. Building on $960 mil­lion worth of invest­ment ear­marked for the city in the 2016 Defence White Paper, the projects recent­ly announced include the rede­vel­op­ment of facil­i­ties at Blamey Barracks, accord­ing to Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds. 

“Wagga Wagga’s Defence bases pro­vide ini­tial train­ing for every sol­dier, airman and air­woman in the Army and Air Force. Many Non-Commissioned Officers and offi­cers post to Wagga as instruc­tors at some stage in their career,” Minister Reynolds said.

“Wagga Wagga will con­tin­ue to play a vital role build­ing the ADF Australia needs by shap­ing the ADF’s biggest asset – its people.”

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack wel­comed the con­fir­ma­tion of major invest­ment into Wagga Wagga. As the member for Riverina – which cap­tures Wagga Wagga – he insists that he “fought hard” to secure the $1 bil­lion of fund­ing tied to the White Paper. 

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Deputy PM McCormack said he was delight­ed Defence planned to max­imise local con­tent asso­ci­at­ed with the upgrades, which would deliv­er mas­sive flow-on effects for the region­al econ­o­my.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price added that the projects are designed to get best value for money for tax­pay­ers, while max­imis­ing local indus­try involve­ment in the deliv­ery of facil­i­ties and infra­struc­ture.

“These projects will focus heav­i­ly on base infra­struc­ture, such as elec­tri­cal, ICT and water reme­di­a­tion,” Minister Price said.

“Further detail will be announced as the projects devel­op, and will include infor­ma­tion to help local small busi­ness­es win work through the government’s Local Industry Capability Plan ini­tia­tive.”

Source: Defence Industry News

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