Australian Department of Defence, The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Teresa Gambaro and Member for Solomon David Tollner, today formally announced the decision to award a major construction contract for the 1st Aviation Regiment's new base at Robertson Barracks near Darwin.

“The 1st Aviation Regiment project represents a major infrastructure project for the Darwin region,” said Ms Gambaro. “Work is progressing well.”

The $10.8m contract is for the Logistics Precinct and was awarded to Barclay Mowlem Construction Limited. It provides for the construction of vehicle shelters, workshops and storage buildings.

“The contract is expected to provide significant opportunities for small to medium enterprises and local firms,” Ms Gambaro said. “Work is scheduled to commence in March 2005 and be completed in November 2005.”

Mr Tollner said this project was great news for the Darwin region.
“The 1st Aviation Regiment plays a major role in the Australian Defence capabilities and this new development will add to the essential contribution the Defence in Darwin plays within the Australian Defence Force”, Mr Tollner said.

Ms Gambaro said when completed, the new facilities will enable the Army's 1st Aviation Regiment to relocate to Darwin from various establishments on the east coast, re-equipped with the new “Tiger” Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter.