The Government of Australia has made a new investment to upgrade the Fort Direction explosive ordnance facility.
Located in the south of Hobart in the island state of Tasmania, the modernised facility will help support local firms and boost the domestic industry.
Valued at $2.8m, the modernisation project will see the construction of a new administration building at the Fort Direction explosive ordnance facility.
The Fort Direction Depot upgrade is part of the government’s new Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, which ensures that local businesses and trades have the best opportunity to work on the country’s defence infrastructure projects.
Construction company Hansen Yuncken has been selected as the Medium Works Contractor for the development of the new facilities at the site.
Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said: “As part of the Local Industry Capability Plan, Hansen Yuncken, has committed to sourcing 95% of its contractors from the local area.
“This is will ensure that the majority of the $2.8m invested in Fort Direction stays in the Tasmanian economy, creating jobs and supporting local industry.”
Payne further said that the current project will enable the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to implement the capability plans that were included in the government’s 2016 Defence White Paper, as part of the nation’s $200bn investment in defence capability.
Tasmanian Government senator Eric Abetz said: “The Federal Liberal Government’s commitment to backing local Tasmanian workers will help to add to Tasmania’s economic recovery, which has seen more than 13,000 Tasmanians find work since 2013, while delivering defence capability for our nation.”
The 2018-19 Budget supports the government’s commitment to maintain and ensure the safety and security of the country.