Refurbishment of the Singleton Military Area in New South Wales is expected to provide a significant boost for local business and employment opportunities for a range of subcontractors.
BESIX Watpac's $32 million refurbishment of the 14,000-hectare facility will remediate base infrastructure and rebuild or refurbish supporting logistics buildings.
The project will support 80 to 100 jobs at its peak, with the bulk of the work to be delivered by local subcontractors.
Peter Furlong, BESIX Watpac's general manager for New South Wales, says local and Indigenous employment procurement are key objectives for the company, particularly in regional areas.
"We expect to achieve local engagement of 82 percent on this project, which will be a significant boost for local businesses within a 150-kilometre radius of the base," he says. "In line with our national approach, we are also targeting Indigenous employment and believe we can reach four percent on this project."
Carpenters, joiners, bricklayers, roofers, electricians, glaziers, tilers, concreters, structural steelworkers, plumbers, demolition specialists and landscapers will all be required.
Work is already underway and is expected to finish in December 2021.