Defence Budget 2018-19 delivers for Pearce

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Western Australia and the Electorate of Pearce continue to play an important part in the defence of our nation, as set out in the 2018-19 Budget.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Federal Member for Pearce and Attorney-General, the Hon Christian Porter MP, today welcomed the significant investment Defence will make in the region.

The Liberal Government’s first priority is the safety and security of Australia and its people.  The 2018-19 Budget will provide national and economic security by continuing to deliver on our ongoing commitments to Defence operations around the globe and the capabilities set out in the 2016 Defence White Paper.

Minister Payne said Pearce is home to over 500 defence personnel, almost 100 Defence Housing Australia properties, and a number of Defence establishments, including RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Base Gingin, and the Bindoon, Lancelin and Northam Training Areas.

“Pearce is vitally important to the Australian Defence Force and the Liberal Government is continuing to invest strongly in capability, personnel and facilities in the region as a key outcome of our 2016 Defence White Paper and $200 billion investment in Defence capability,” Minister Payne said.

“Further, our Local Industry Capability Plan program is ensuring that local businesses and trades in Pearce and surrounding regions have the best opportunity possible to secure work on important Defence facilities projects in Pearce.”

“Of the 185 infrastructure sub-contracts let in Western Australia on current Defence infrastructure projects, 88 per cent have gone to local industry.”

Mr Porter said the Pearce region had a long history of supporting the Australian Defence Force and that the 2018-19 Budget demonstrated the Government’s confidence in that relationship continuing.

“The opportunities available for local businesses in Pearce to secure millions of dollars in work as Defence upgrades its facilities over the coming years are significant and I’m proud that the Liberal Government is demonstrating its commitment to local businesses to deliver on this important work,” Mr Porter said.

In 2018-19, work will continue or begin on a range of facilities projects including:

  • the Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement facilities project, which will provide new and upgraded facilities and infrastructure to support the introduction of the P-8A aircraft around the country, including at RAAF Base Pearce.  Expenditure at RAAF Base Pearce in 2018-19 is budgeted to be $57.1 million.

  • the Airfield Capital Works project, which will upgrade aircraft pavement and aeronautical ground lighting at a number of bases around the country, including the RAAF Bases Pearce and Gingin.  This $149 million project includes expenditure of $12.6 million at Pearce and $3.1 million at Gingin in 2018-19.

  • the Air Traffic Control Complex Infrastructure and Fixed Base Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System project, which is upgrading air traffic management supporting infrastructure around the country, including at RAAF Bases Pearce and Gingin. Expected expenditure at Pearce is $10.2 million in 2018-19, in addition to the $17.1 million invested there to date; and $2.4 million at Gingin, in addition to the $4.8 million invested there to date.

  • The Pilot Training System Facilities project, which is providing fit-for-purpose facilities to support the modern joint training aircraft system at bases across the country, including at RAAF Bases Pearce and Gingin.  This $330 million national project is scheduled for completion in late 2020, includes expenditure of $7.4 million planned for Pearce in 2018-19, in addition to the $74.8 million already invested there, and $2.5 million planned for Gingin in 2018-19, in addition to the $10.0 million already invested there.

  • The Joint Health Command Garrison Facilities Upgrade project, which will upgrade health facilities around the country, including at RAAF Base Pearce, to enable increased efficiency of health service delivery to members of the ADF.  Expected expenditure at RAAF Base Pearce in 2018-19 is $4.0 million.

The 2018-19 Budget confirms that the Turnbull Government is committed to keeping our nation safe and secure and will grow Defence spending to two per cent of GDP by 2020-21.