Local Jobs On RAAF Chinook Project: Macdonald

Construction industry jobs have been created in Townsville with the commencement of work on the $54.8 million AIR 9000 Phase 5C – Replacement Chinooks Facilities Project at RAAF Base Townsville.

Townsville based Government Senator Ian Macdonald has welcomed the economic benefits that have been brought to the region.

“The project will generate an average of 50 full-time jobs over a construction period of 35 months,” said Senator Macdonald.

“Workforce numbers will then peak at around 80 people at key stages in the construction.

“This will substantially involve local construction industry and sub-contractors,” he said.

Senator Macdonald said that the project demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to Defence in Townsville and will improve capacity through five principal elements:

  • Headquarters C Squadron Facility;

  • Chinook maintenance Facilities;

  • Chinook Training Facilities;

  • Engineering Services Infrastructure; and

  • Additional Interim Works.

“Following an open tender process in mid-2014, Lend Lease were awarded the Head Contract at the end of October with construction commencing just weeks later in mid-November.

“This project is great news for Townsville defence infrastructure and for local jobs.

“Townsville has a long and proud association with the Air Force dating back from pre-World War II times. It is great to see that association continuing and strengthening with this massive new development,” said Senator Macdonald.

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