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The Australian Morrison Government’s A$747m ($581m) investment to upgrade Australia Northern Territory (NT) training areas and weapon ranges is set to support about 2,000 jobs over the next five years.

The project will be led by Sitzler, which will serve as the upgrade programme’s managing contractor.

The modernisation activities will support the capability requirements of the Australian Defence Force and improve integration with its partners.

Australian Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “This is a major win for small and local businesses across northern Australia, who will be given every opportunity to get involved in this vital Defence project.

“Sitzler has a target of 985 of the construction sub-contractor packages to businesses within northern Australia.

“This means the benefits from our investment will flow to small and medium businesses and, most importantly, support local jobs.

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“Sitzler has not only estimated that a 2,000-strong workforce will be involved over the life of the project, but about 65 sub-contractor packages will also be available for tender.

“They will also set an Indigenous participation target of 4% for Indigenous business involvement on the project, which will be directly under the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Participation Policy.”

The investment in the four defence bases is part of the government’s $15.6bn expenditure allocated for military capital facilities and infrastructure in the country.

The four bases are Robertson Barracks Close Training Area, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Mount Bundey Training Area and Bradshaw Field Training Area.

Work under the project will first begin at Robertson Barracks and Bradshaw followed by Kangaroo Flats and Mount Bundey.

It is anticipated to commence this month and be complete in 2026.