Joint media release
- The Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence
- Senator Sam McMahon, Senator for Northern Territory
Australian company Icon SI Pty Ltd has been awarded a multi-million dollar US construction contract as part of the United States Force Posture Initiatives (USFPI).
The United States Naval Facilities Command Pacific today announced the USD $10.07 million contract, which will see Icon SI construct an earth-covered magazine facility at RAAF Base Tindal.
The project is part of a range of initiatives for Australia and the United States in the Northern Territory over the next 10 years.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said Australia and the US will jointly invest around AUD$2 billion in a range of USFPI projects over the life of the initiative.
“This announcement highlights the opportunities that the USFPI brings to Australian businesses and reinforces that Australian industry is globally competitive,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Infrastructure and facilities development under the USFPI will be concentrated between Robertson Barracks, RAAF Base Darwin and RAAF Base Tindal as well as training areas and ranges in the Northern Territory.
“These infrastructure investments enable the activities of the Marine Rotational Force – Darwin and Enhanced Air Cooperation.”
In addition to construction contracts, there will be opportunities in sub-contracting, maintenance and supply arrangements that will benefit local suppliers over the next decade.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, said construction projects to support the growing United States Force Posture Initiatives will provide opportunities for many sectors including construction, professional services, maintenance and logistics.
“Australian funded projects include airfield upgrades, base support improvements – including accommodation, mess facilities and gymnasiums – and upgrades to training areas and ranges,” Minister Price said.
“I’m particularly pleased to see that the United States Department of Defence has selected an Australian company to construct the earth-covered magazine facility RAAF Base Tindal.”
Senator for the Northern Territory, Dr Sam McMahon said the USFPI continues to provide significant economic benefits for the Top End.
“Under the Morrison Government, $8 billion is being invested over the next decade in new and upgraded facilities in the Northern Territory, making it a welcome boost to the local economy and to businesses in the Top End,” Senator McMahon said.
Construction projects to support the growing USFPI will provide opportunities for many sectors including construction, professional services, maintenance and logistics.