$1.6 Billion RAAF Base Tindal Project Set for Mid-2020 Start


To further bolster the $495 million previously committed to the RAAF Base Tindal upgrade, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a further $1.1 billion injection to deliver potent air combat capabilities to the Top End.

Pending parliamentary approval, construction is slated to commence in mid-2020, with a projected completion date of the end of 2027.

The Prime Minister referenced the creation of 300 jobs in the construction phase alone, with the project part of an $8 billion investment in Top End Defence facilities over the coming decade.

“This investment is all about keeping Australians safe and putting Australians in jobs,” the Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. “As part of these upgrades, RAAF Base Tindal will be able to deliver enhanced air-to-air refuelling and air support capabilities, ensuring we can support critical ADF operations – everything from air combat missions through to responding to natural disasters both at home and throughout our region.”

As part of the upgrade, investment will be occurring in the following areas:

  • The previously invested $495 million into New Air Combat Capability infrastructure.
  • $737 million into airfield upgrades, including runway extension, building a new air movements terminal, parking apron and extra fuel storage facilities.
  • $437 million into critical base infrastructure upgrades, including engineering services on the base including Sewage, water and power and 108 new live-in units for Australian Defence Force personnel

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon. Melissa Price MP stated “hundreds of locals will be employed to deliver these projects, with many more set to benefit from subcontract packages and supply chain work”.

“Under this project 64 percent of the total work packages were awarded to Northern Territory businesses, representing some $242 million being injected into the Territory’s economy,” Minister Price said.

“These completed works also contributed to local Indigenous employment, with an eight percent Indigenous workforce participation rate and three sub-contracts, valued at $27 million, awarded to Indigenous companies.”

Further details on the project can be found here.

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