The Department of Defence has awarded a contract to build new facilities and infrastructure to support three additional Chinook Helicopters for the 5th Aviation Regiment at RAAF Base Townsville.
Lendlease won the contract and will deliver the LAND 4502 Project, which will also include upgrading some of the exiting facilities at the site.
Construction will provide opportunities for 85 full time jobs onsite at peak times over the next 18 months.
Lendlease Chief Executive Officer Building Australia, Dale Connor, said the appointment reinforced Lendlease’s local Defence capability and commitment to the Townsville region.
“Lendlease has been delivering work at RAAF Base Townsville for more than 10 years,” he said.
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“Securing the LAND 4502 Project allows our North Queensland team to transition from the recently completed Replacement Chinook Facilities Project and continue our work promoting increased Indigenous and local industry participation.”
“With the support of Defence, we have developed a Local Industry Capability Plan for the LAND 4502 Project that not only identifies subcontract, employment and training opportunities, but also ensures that wherever possible, the project spend is directed into the local economy.”
Lendlease has also delivered other defence projects in Townsville, including the recently completed LAND 121 Project at Lavarack Barracks, which achieved 92 per cent local industry participation.
“Our recent work on the Replacement Chinook Facilities Project at RAAF Base Townsville injected around $39 million into the local economy, with 72 per cent of subcontract packages being awarded to local businesses,” Connor said.
Works on the LAND 4502 project have begun and are expected to be completed in late 2020.