Construction starts this week on a 42 million program of works at Singleton Army Base.

Singleton Military Area. Photo Department of Defence.

The the Singleton base’s mid-term facility ‘refresh’ will improve amenities for more than 1,000 defence and civilian personnel at the base. Work will extend over 18 months.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the project to build a new transport workshop and upgrade existing infrastructure would maximise local industry involvement in the Hunter Region.

Lead contractor, Watpac’s Local Industry Capability Plan will ensure there will be opportunities for local businesses in the Hunter Region to get involved in the project,” Minister Price said.

It’s estimated the project will engage more than 650 workers over the two-year construction period, with a daily peak workforce of up to 100.”

Patron Senator for the Hunter and Senator for NSW Hollie Hughes attended a project briefing today.

This funding will provide opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses,” said Senator Hughes.

It’s going to mean work for a host of local contractors including carpenters, landscapers, glaziers, tilers, concreters, structural steelworkers, joiners, roofers, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers and even, demolition experts.”

Senator Hughes said the Government supported Watpac’s plan to target 82 per cent of its subcontract packages to Hunter businesses.

Construction is expected to be completed by early 2022.