Townsville in line for Defence vehicle maintenance

Senate Defence Estimates have yielded more good news for Townsville automotive industry businesses said Queensland LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.

In answer to questions put by Senator Macdonald to Defence representatives at Senate hearings yesterday, Major General Paul McLachlan, AM, CSC said that maintenance work on the light and lightweight trailers being acquired under the Land 121 project would be conducted by local contractors.

The Land 121 Project includes the acquisition of 2146 lightweight Mercedes G-Wagons, and 1799 light and lightweight trailers.

The Department of Defence first indicated that local contractors would have access to this work in answers to Senator Macdonalds Questions on Notice from Supplementary Defence Estimates in November 2013.

When asked to confirm the answer provided to the previous written question, Major General Paul McLachlan, Head Land Systems, replied that:

Certainly the repairs to those will be made under the DLTP (Defence Logistics Transformation Program) arrangements.

This further clarification from the Head of Land Systems is great news for the North, Senator Macdonald said.

As 70 per cent of these trailers will be deployed in Townsville and Darwin, this is great news for Northern Australian Defence industries. .

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