Morrison Government supporting construction industry in Top End

The Morrison Government is supporting small to medium sized businesses across the Northern Territory with millions of dollars in funding for the construction industry.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the investment provides greater surety for the construction industry in the Top End as the nation continues to recover from COVID-19.

“The Morrison Government will inject $190 million into existing major projects over the next two financial years to fast-track the delivery of facilities and infrastructure in Defence locations across the Top End,” Minister Reynolds said.

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said an additional $300 million will be invested in the existing national Estate Works Program over 2020-21 and 2021-22 to help with sustaining the Defence Estate.

“This additional funding builds on the $870 million investment in the Estate Works Program announced in May 2020, and which is providing opportunities to local businesses across Australia, including small businesses in the NT,” Minister Price said.

Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, RAAF Darwin, Robertson Barracks, Mt Bundey Training Area and the Delamere Air Weapons Range will benefit from the works package.

“These works will be tailored to ensure that small to medium sized enterprises can bid for this work and will be incorporated into both current and new projects so the Defence Estate is safe and fit-for-purpose for the members of the Australian Defence Force,” Senator McMahon said.

Local industry will be able to tender for works including a health centre, explosive ordnance storage, a gymnasium, mess facilities and additional airfield works.