CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors has been chosen by the Australian Government’s Department of Defence to undertake the Army Aviation Program of Works at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville.
This initiative aligns with the objectives outlined in the Defence Strategic Review, focusing on enhancing infrastructure and facilities to facilitate the relocation of the 1st Aviation Regiment from Robertson Barracks and the 16th Aviation Brigade from Gallipoli Barracks to RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland.
The commencement of the design stage is scheduled for early 2024, with construction slated to begin in mid-2025, subject to government approvals, CIMIC Group said in a news release.
The project is estimated to span three years and boasts a value of approximately $370 million.
Juan Santamaria, CIMIC Group executive chairman, highlighted the strategic importance of this program, emphasising its role in bolstering the Australian Defence Force’s operational capabilities in the northern region.
He stated, “This important program of works supports the Australian Defence Force’s ability to operate from Australia’s northern bases.
He continued, “CPB Contractors has extensive experience in working with the Department of Defence to enhance and sustain base environments and operational capability.”
“We are pleased to play a role in creating an Army aviation centre of excellence in Townsville,” Santamaria noted.
Echoing this sentiment, Jason Spears, CPB Contractors managing director, affirmed the company’s commitment to delivering the project in accordance with stringent operational and security standards.
“CPB Contractors’ expertise and experience will ensure the package of works is delivered in line with all operational and security requirements,” he said.
“We are focused on delivering expanded, fit for purpose facilities to support and serve the Australian Army’s increasing numbers and spatial needs. Our local knowledge and experience will also ensure this project maximises social and economic opportunities for local community, industry, and Indigenous participation,” Spears concluded.