Federal Govt to invest $100m on infrastructure at HMAS Stirling

Federal Govt to invest $100m on infrastructure at HMAS Stirling

THE Federal Government will invest $100 million in navy-related industrial infrastructure and sustainment at HMAS Stirling and the Henderson industrial precinct between 2017 and 2020.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement during a visit to Perth earlier this week.

He said the infrastructure would include wharves, jetties and cranes.

“The $100 million investment highlights the critical role Western Australia plays in the nation’s shipbuilding and submarine programs,” Mr Turnbull said.

He said it would also position the Henderson Shipyard to remain a world class and internationally competitive facility for many decades to come.

“The new infrastructure will allow more ships to be built and sustained at the precinct creating and maintaining jobs for the region,” he said.

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Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said the Government’s infrastructure investment would contribute to continuous naval shipbuilding and enhanced sustainment of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet, with Western Australia being home to a large proportion of RAN maritime capability.

“The upgrades will not only ensure the shipyard and companies that own and use the precinct have the infrastructure to support these existing projects but are also best placed to successfully bid for future shipbuilding and sustainment work,” Mr Pyne said.

But Brand MHR Madeleine King questioned Mr Turnbull’s commitment to the local defence shipbuilding industry saying his recent funding announcement was too little, too late.

“On a rare visit to Perth ahead of the WA election Mr Turnbull announced $100 million for defence shipbuilding infrastructure saying it would secure the future of the industry for decades to come,” Ms King said.

“But if he was truly concerned about the industry’s future, he should have considered WA last year when he was awarding billions of dollars in defence contracts to South Australia.”

Ms King said investment in infrastructure was needed in Western Australia as the State struggled with unemployment following the end of the construction phase of the mining boom.