The Federal Government and the Western Australian Government have announced a series of studies ‘to inform the future development’ of the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) at Henderson in WA.
Defence Minister Lynda Reynolds said the studies will encompass aspects such as wharf design, shiplift and docking options, vessel transfer paths, new berth options, security, utilities, facilities and amenities, and integrated transport solutions.
“The AMC is a key sustainment hub for Australia’s surface and submarine fleets, and is one of only two sites identified for shipbuilding under the National Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” the Minister said.
“The Morrison Government is already investing up to $1.5 billion in infrastructure at both Henderson and Fleet Base West at HMAS Stirling.
“I’ve been working closely with Premier McGowan and Minister Papalia on shaping the future of the Henderson Maritime Precinct.”
She said the Federal Government will invest more than $9 million over two years to produce these detailed studies that will build on the strategic infrastructure and land use planning which has been commissioned by the State Government.
“By leveraging off the Precinct’s existing industry presence, these studies will explore opportunities to collaborate on technology development and innovation,” Ms Reynolds added.
Located around 23 kilometres south of Perth, the AMC was established by the Western Australian Government with Federal assistance in 2003.
“The AMC is perfectly situated to evolve its capabilities as Defence introduces larger and more complex ships and submarines, while also supporting the other users of the Complex,” Minister Reynolds continued.
“This initiative will create new jobs for local companies, inform future federal and state investment in infrastructure, and also promote new investment opportunities for the Australian finance sector.
“Importantly, it demonstrates my and the Morrison Government’s commitment to WA Industry and jobs.”