RAAF base jobs secured

Security, waste management, catering, property maintenance, fuel supplies, rescue and fire fighting services are among the hundreds of jobs locals have secured under the latest round of contracts at RAAF Base East Sale.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Gippsland MHR Darren Chester, met the new contractors who will operate essential services at the base yesterday morning.

The contractors, Transfield Services, Wilson Security and Veolia, began their tenure in November and play a critical support role for the RAAF Base by providing security, repairs and maintenance, cleaning, catering and airfield operations.

Mr Chester said the new contracts were bringing business and employment opportunities to Sale.

“The RAAF has thousands of men and women in uniform who perform outstanding work every day, but there is also a team of dedicated contractors working away in the background to support them,” Mr Chester.

“Many of these contractors are locals who are proud to play an important role in the defence of our nation, ensuring RAAF personnel remain safe, are well-fed and can perform their jobs to the best of their ability.

“While much of their work is done behind the scenes, it is important we recognise the significant contribution contractors make to the defence efforts.”

Transfield Services Australia provide estate maintenance, hospitality and catering services, retail stores and petrol, oil and lubricants; airfield rescue and fire-fighting services.

Wilson Security provides access control services for the base.

Veolia Environment Services (Australia) provides the base’s waste management services.

While at the base, Mr Chester also inspected works on the $185.6 million RAAF Base East Sale redevelopment project, which includes a number of major infrastructure projects.

“RAAF Base East Sale is undergoing a major transformation, which will further cement its place as an important component of the defence training network,” he said.

Projects including the air traffic control complex, School of Air Warfare training facilities and 180-unit live-in accommodation are closer to completion.

Other projects under construction include a new gym, flight line maintenance facilities, chapel and community centre and engineering service upgrades.

It is estimated that during the three year construction period, about 990 jobs will be created either directly or indirectly.