Media Release: North Queensland businesses to be big winners out of 21 new Defence contracts

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North Queensland businesses to be big winners out of 21 new Defence contracts

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson is encouraging local businesses to get ready to tender for 21 new Defence contracts foreshadowed as part of Defence’s newly established Forward Release Program.

The projects – one worth more than $8-million – have been listed in the Defence Estate Works Program Update Procurement Activities document, allowing potential tenderers to plan to make a bid for the works.

Another project falls within the $4-million to $8-million budget band, while 10 are worth between $1-million and $4-million and another nine are worth up to $1-million.

Mr Thompson said the announcement would be a boost for local construction and maintenance businesses looking for projects.

“These projects include upgrades to buildings and important maintenance on existing facilities across multiple Defence properties in our region, including Lavarack Barracks, RAAF Base Townsville and Ross Island Barracks,” he said.

“The works require a broad range of skill sets and supply chains and I know there are many local and small businesses that will be up to the task.

“We are bringing these works to the market to help our community with its recovery from the effects of COVID-19 so it’s important businesses plan ahead to be ready to tender.

“While the State Labor Government continues to ignore the North and is yet to come up with a plan to stimulate our economy while propping up projects in the South East, this is another way we at the federal level can help Townsville get back on track.”

“I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to get involved to visit the Defence Estate Works Program Management webpage and keep an eye on AusTender.

Local North Queensland projects include:

Project Title

Budget ($A)

Tender forecast date

Mt Stuart TA 3 Year Road Works

1-4M

May-20

Lavarack Barracks JLU Building Works

1-4M

Jun-20

Townsville Field TA Civil Works

8M+

Jun-20

RAAF Townsville Fire Systems Works

0-1M

Jun-20

Lavarack Mess Roofing Works

1-4M

Jun-20

Lavarack Barracks 3CSR Outdoor Facility

0-1M

Jun-20

RAAF Townsville Sewer & Water Works

4-8M

Jul-20

Lavarack Health Centre Works

1-4M

Jul-20

RAAF Townsville 5AVN SQN HQ Works

1-4M

Jul-20

Lavarack Fire Systems Rationalisation

0-1M

Jul-20

RAAF Townsville Airside Fencing Works

1-4M

Jul-20

Lavarack Barracks Dental Centre Refurbishment

1-4M

Jul-20

RAAF Townsville OLA Works

1-4M

Jul-20

RAAF Townsville 38SQN Works

1-4M

Jul-20

RAAF Townsville 5AVN Q Store Works

1-4M

Aug-20

Lavarack Barracks Safety Systems

0-1M

Sep-20

Lavarack CTC HVAC Works

0-1M

Sep-20

Ross Island Paint Facility Systems

0-1M

Sep-20

RAAF Townsville HV Cable Replacements

0-1M

Oct-20

Lavarack Ralph Honner Centre Refurbishment

0-1M

Nov-20

Townsville Field Training Area HMP Update

0-1M

Dec-20

Interested businesses can visit https://www.defence.gov.au/estatemanagement/lifecycle/EstateWorksProgramManagement/ for more information.

ENDS

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