Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions [RNM] has announce that BADGE Constructions has been appointed as the builder for its new $60m state-of-the-art munitions forging facility in the Fraser Coast region.
FILE IMAGE: Artist’s impression of the Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions forge near Maryborough, Queensland. NIOA image.
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BADGE expects approximately 70 per cent of the project’s work will flow to local businesses, reinforcing RNM’s commitment to the region.
Onsite works will begin this week for a forging facility that will produce munitions for supply to the Australian Defence Force and for export to allied nations around the world via Rheinmetall’s Global Supply Chain.
The federal government is committing $28.5 million towards the forging facility from its Regional Growth Fund.
Chairman of Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions Werner Kraemer said it was exciting to take the next step in the project with the first site works about to commence.
“We opened our project office last year in Maryborough in preparation for a facility that we hope will have a long-term positive impact on this region,” Mr Kraemer said.
“Regional jobs and the building of sovereign capability are extremely important for RNM.”
The forging facility, including an office and warehouse, will be fully operational by 2022 on the four-hectare site.
The office will be constructed with Hyne and Son’s timber that has been grown in the local region.
Timber has been chosen for the office to reduce the project’s carbon footprint.
Managing Director of NIOA and Director of RNM Robert Nioa said the component of work to flow to the local region was an important factor when the successful builder was chosen for the project.
“We underlined the importance of local input for this work when we appointed a local in Jeff Crabtree as our Project Manager,” Mr Nioa said.
“We want to create as many local opportunities as possible and we’re excited to reach this next step.”
BADGE is a privately-owned Australian company with more than 35 years’ experience and offices on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.
BADGE Sunshine Coast Manager Andrew Lanskey said the company was delighted to be appointed to a project that would be so important to its local community.
“We estimate that, at the peak of construction, we will have 90 workers on site each day with many coming from the local region,” Mr Lanskey said.