A $95 million defence project at Orchard Hills is set to begin construction this month after a head contractor was selected to deliver the Naval Guided Weapons Maintenance Facilities Project.
FILE PHOTO: Defence Establishment Orchard Hills. Photo by Corporal Oliver Carter.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price and Federal Member for Lindsay Melissa McIntosh announced WATPAC had been awarded the head contract and said work would begin within weeks.
“The new facility will enhance maintenance components for Navy’s guided-weapons systems, directly supporting the operations of the Australian Defence Force,” Minister Price said.
“It will include working accommodation for 30 personnel, receipt and dispatch areas, a maintenance workshop and specialised electronic test facilities for Naval guided-weapons systems.”
Ms McIntosh said western Sydney was at the forefront of defence technology and advanced manufacturing and this was another project unlocking opportunities for local businesses.
“Locally, we will be driving technology that will be used across the country by our Australian Defence Force,” Ms McIntosh said.
“This $95 million investment and WATPAC committing to sourcing 95 per cent of their sub-contract work from local industry is a win for western Sydney.”
Construction is scheduled to commence shortly and be completed by July 2021.