• Work is currently underway on one of four infrastructure projects in the Australian Marine Complex
  • Rapid projects valued at more than $ 87 million under the WA Recovery Plan are expected to create nearly 600 construction jobs
  • The McGowan administration remains committed to making full cycle docking and other defense industry job-creating work for WA
  • Construction of the new ship transfer path in the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) has started. The WA Recovery Plan project creates local jobs and strengthens the fall of Western Australia to secure high quality defense industry projects.

    The transfer path is the first of four major infrastructure projects at AMC, valued at $ 87.6 million and expected to create nearly 600 local jobs.

    It is part of a series of initiatives that will support the growth of the emerging defense industry in WA as the McGowan government continues efforts to secure the FCD (full cycle docking) submarine maintenance program.

    By relocating the FCD program, WA would be responsible for all maintenance of the Australian Collins-class submarine fleet and is expected to create 3,000 local jobs.

    The McGowan government has strongly advocated relocating the project from South Australia.

    Prime Minister Mark McGowan recently invited Prime Minister Scott Morrison to tour the AMC and inspect work in progress at the facility.

    The three other projects being carried out at the AMC include a new shipbuilding facility, a major expansion of the quay and the modernization of the road crossings.

    The construction and civil engineering company Georgiou received the order in January to provide the transfer route between the floating dock and the shipbuilding and maintenance facilities throughout the AMC.

    The project is expected to be completed in July 2021 and will support the launch of the Royal Australian Navy’s new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels from September 2022.

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “This is a significant milestone – the first of four major job creation infrastructure projects currently underway at the Australian Marine Complex.

    “These projects will initially create almost 600 construction jobs. When completed, they will help support the Western Australia case to secure more local defense work with the potential to create many thousands more local jobs.

    “My government has made strong arguments in favor of securing the FCD and we continue to urge the federal government to make the right decision in the national interest and to send the project to Western Australia.”

    As Defense Secretary Paul Papalia noted:

    “We urge the Commonwealth to make the long overdue decision to put full cycle docking in the hands of Western Australia’s defense industry.

    “We have the expertise and are developing our infrastructure and workforce to ensure that AMC continues to be at the forefront of similar institutions around the world.

    “These four projects will strengthen the capabilities of the AMC and help local companies find more high-quality defense industry jobs from Australia and around the world.”

    As stated by Cockburn MLA-elect David Scaife:

    “The Australian Marine Complex and the companies located there are important employers for the region and the surrounding area.

    “These new infrastructure projects will create additional jobs while strengthening the facility’s broader capacity for future work. This will ensure that the McGowan administration continues to create a pipeline of work for local workers and small businesses.”

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