The Darling Downs continue to play a key supporting role to our Australian Defence Force as confirmed in the 2018-19 Budget.
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Federal Member for Groom the Hon John McVeigh MP welcomed the significant investment Defence is making in the electorate of Groom.
The Turnbull 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.
The Electorate of Groom is home to almost 1 000 Defence personnel over 200 Defence Housing Australia properties and two key Defence facilities – Swarz Barracks at Oakey home to the Army Aviation Training Centre and Borneo Barracks at Cabarlah home to the Army’s 7 Signals Regiment and the Defence Force School of Signals – Electronic Warfare.
Minister Payne said the Army Aviation Training Centre at Oakey continues to be an important capability for the Australian Army. The Centre will be upgraded as part of the Airfield Capital Works project and the Air Traffic Control Infrastructure and Fixed Base Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System projects.
“The airfield at Oakey will be upgraded with new aircraft pavement and aeronautical ground lighting with expected expenditure of $11.8 million in 2018-19 ” Minister Payne said.
“Defence will also continue upgrades to air traffic management supporting infrastructure at Oakey with further spending of $9.7 million in 2018-19 in addition to the $15 million already invested there.”
“Defence will also continue planning for necessary facilities upgrades to support significant additional deployable capabilities to 7th Signal Regiment at Borneo Barracks as part of the Force Level Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence and Vehicles capability project with Public Works Committee consideration scheduled for late 2018 providing further potential opportunities for businesses and trades in Groom.”
“These projects will help the ADF to implement the capability plans set out in the Turnbull Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper as part of our $200 billion investment in Defence capability.”
Mr McVeigh said the Darling Downs had a proud history of supporting the Australian Defence Force particularly through Oakey and Cabarlah and that the 2018-19 Budget demonstrated the Government’s ongoing confidence in the region.
“The opportunities available for local businesses in Groom and the region to continue to support capability and infrastructure projects are significant and I’m proud that the Turnbull Government is demonstrating its commitment to local businesses to deliver on this important work ” Mr McVeigh said.
“I will continue to work hard for the businesses of Groom to ensure that they can secure work as the Turnbull Government continues to invest in our region.”
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.