Townsville contractors transform Defence

The Department of Defence has confirmed that local Townsville businesses made up almost 60 per cent of the contractors engaged under the $148m Logistics Transformation Program at Lavarack Barracks.

Answers to Questions taken on Notice, asked at Senate Defence Estimates by Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald in November last year, have been released this week.

The answer provided by the Department of Defence details that, of a total of 68 work packets, 39 were awarded to Townsville businesses and a further 10 were awarded to businesses from SE Queensland who have an established office in Townsville.

I am delighted by this position said Senator Macdonald.

Competition is fierce for Defence construction contracts in the current climate; local operators have to bid against multi-national companies he said.

But Townsville businesses have made a great showing and they need to take advantage of any opportunity that comes from this exposure said the Senator.

Southern states are aggressively pitching for Defence contracts. It is important that Queenslands highly skilled engineering and construction sectors consolidate their position as preferred contractors for Defence projects.

Senator Macdonald will be asking further questions of the department at Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Additional Estimates today.

Of course I would have been even happier if 100 per cent of the work had been done by local and Queensland businesses said the Senator

"But against fierce competition this result is good for the local economy"

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