Defence investment delivers $16m boost for Tas economy

Almost $16 million will be invested in the delivery of vehicle workshops, hardstands and shelters at Derwent Barracks, Glenorchy, to support the modernisation of the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force vehicle fleet.

Lendlease will deliver fit-for-purpose facilities and infrastructure to sustain the new fleet of trucks and trailers being procured for the Australian Defence Force.

The project has an expected peak workforce of about 40 people per day during its 16-month construction period.

It is part of a larger, $150 million national infrastructure project that will deliver supporting infrastructure for the sustainment and maintenance of the Australian Defence Force’s next-generation defence logistics vehicle fleet.

“It is good to see Hobart gaining 10% of the national spend in this project,” said Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Eric Abetz.  

This vehicle fleet is capable of supporting combat operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and training to ensure the Australian Defence Force is prepared for both current and future operations.

Lendlease is committed to achieving a target of 90 per cent local workforce participation for the works being delivered at Derwent Barracks.

Senator Abetz said the investment was indicative of the Australian Government ensuring strong defence capabilities.

“The construction at Derwent Barracks will benefit the local economy by providing opportunities to local suppliers and subcontractors.”

“Our vehicle fleet plays an integral role in the logistical capabilities of the Defence Force and this modernisation investment ensures our Defence Force remains world class.” 

“It’s yet more recognition of the vital role Tasmania plays in our defence strategy.”  

Work on the Derwent Barracks works being delivered under the Land 121 Stage 5B project is expected to be complete by late 2022. Public or industry enquiries can be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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