$1.1 billion program of works at the RAAF Base Tindal has commenced.
The package is part of the government’s $8 billion in planned spending on NT Defence facilities under Developing Northern Australia initiatives.
As part of Australian commitments under the US Force Posture Initiatives, the $737 million RAAF Tindal Airfield Works and Associated Infrastructure project will upgrade the airfield, increase aviation fuel storage, re-invest in ageing base engineering services and provide additional living-in accommodation for posted Air Force personnel.
Turning the sod at the site in Katherine yesterday, Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said RAAF Base Tindal is vital to northern Australia’s air combat capability.
“Over the next decade, the planned works will further enhance Defence air combat capability and our engagement with allies and other nations through the conduct of joint exercises, including our Enhanced Air Cooperation with the US Air Force,” Minister Reynolds said.
“A concurrent $437 million RAAF Base Tindal redevelopment project will also address critical upgrades to base engineering services including power, water and sewerage to support current and future projected demands on base infrastructure.”
“These works will continue to provide strong economic benefits for the Top End over an extended delivery phase, with significant opportunities for the local construction industry to tender for sub-contract packages," Senator for the NT, Dr Sam McMahon said.
During recent works, Managing Contractor Lendlease initiated an expo to allow Katherine students to sample trades and speak directly with trade apprentices, trainers, local employers and industry representatives.
“Initiatives like these enable us to build the skills and expertise required to support future Defence capability,” Minister Reynolds said.
Construction is expected to conclude in 2027.