Turning the first sod

WORKS at RAAF Base East Sale are expected to provide a significant boost for Wellington Shire.

During the next three years, the investment for the RAAF Base East Sale Redevelopment Project is expected to deliver significant direct and indirect economic benefits, creating employment opportunities for a variety of subcontractors and other suppliers.

The beginning of works was marked last Thursday with a sod turning ceremony, attended by Parliamentary Secretary for Defence David Feeney.

“This is the culmination of four years of planning to redevelop air force’s enduring training base, RAAF Base East Sale,” Senator Feeney said.

“Defence is investing $185.6 million into the project which will provide major upgrade works at the base, which will significantly improve the facilities and amenities.”

“This investment will provide the air force with new and refurbished facilities, security upgrades, a new air traffic control complex, new firing range, new trainee living-in-accommodation, new commercial and community facilities,” he said.

“It will involve demolition of redundant facilities, contributing to Defence’s reform program and providing modern fit-for-purpose facilities to support our defence personnel.”

The project will establish appropriate noise, dust and traffic management procedures to minimise the impact of construction on the local community.

An early works package began in May and the major construction activities are scheduled to begin with earthworks next month.

The project should be completed in mid-2015.