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Feb 04, 2021

Contract announced for $31m training facility

Contract announced for $31m training facility

Work is due to start this month on a three-storey armoured vehicle simulation centre in Townsville, being developed for Defence training at a cost of $31 million.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price today announced St Hilliers had been awarded the head contract to deliver the project.

The facility will support the training of 3rd Brigade soldiers at Lavarack Barracks for the upgraded M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and incoming LAND 400 and LAND 8160 armoured vehicle capabilities.

The construction workforce on the project is expected to peak at about 110 people per day.

“The construction at Townsville will benefit the North Queensland economy by providing local businesses and subcontractors the opportunity to be involved on the project,” Ms Price said.

“St Hilliers has pledged to source 98 per cent of the workforce from the local area, which is an excellent result for the local economy.”

The Townsville centre, to be finished in mid-2022, is part of the $235 million Armoured Fighting Vehicle Facilities Program Stage 1 works.

Other Stage 1 works, including those at Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria, and Edinburgh Defence Precinct, South Australia, will be delivered under separate contracts.


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