USE THIS ONEThe government’s A$1.1 billion program of works at the RAAF Base Tindal commenced Monday (7 September). This will create hundreds of local jobs while ensuring the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can continue to deliver a potent air combat capability from the Northern Territory, according to the government. The package is part of this government’s A$8 billion in planned spending on Northern Territory Defence facilities under Developing Northern Australia initiatives. As part of Australian commitments under the United States Force Posture Initiatives, the A$737 million RAAF Tindal Airfield Works and Associated Infrastructure project will upgrade the airfield, increase aviation fuel storage, re-invest in ageing base engineering services and provide additional living-in accommodation for posted Air Force personnel.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds. (PHOTO: Government Photo)

Attending the ground-breaking Katherine, Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said RAAF Base Tindal is vital to northern Australia’s air combat capability and support for allies. “Over the next decade, the planned works will further enhance Defence air combat capability and our engagement with allies and other nations through the conduct of joint exercises, including our Enhanced Air Cooperation with the United States Air Force,” Reynolds said. “A concurrent A$437 million RAAF Base Tindal redevelopment project will also address critical upgrades to base engineering services including power, water and sewerage to support current and future projected demands on base infrastructure.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said it’s now more important than ever to back Australian businesses and create more Australian jobs. “Local businesses, suppliers and Indigenous companies will benefit from this package of works with a target of 70 percent local participation rate,” Price said.

RAAF Base Tindal. (Government photo)

Senator for the Northern Territory Dr Sam McMahon said the works will boost the local economy. “These works will continue to provide strong economic benefits for the Top End over an extended delivery phase, with significant opportunities for the local construction industry to tender for sub-contract packages,” he said.

Construction is expected to conclude in 2027. Further detail on the proposed works can be found at the project website here.


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  1. Good to see. My thoughts are that they should build a parallel runway to support larger numbers of operations and simultaneous ops.


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