Assistant Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon David Fawcett, today announced the award of a contract for delivery of upgrades to Defence health facilities in Victoria.
Following a competitive tendering process, Defence has awarded the $14.4 million contract to Colin Joss & Co Pty Ltd for the construction of a new health centre at Latchford Barracks, South Bandiana in Victoria.
Minister Fawcett said the upgrades would help support the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to maintain and sustain health preparedness for ADF operational requirements.
“This new health centre will enhance the provision of primary care, mental health, rehabilitation, pharmacy, physiotherapy and dental services to ADF members in Albury-Wodonga region,” Minister Fawcett said.
Joss Constructions has developed a Local Industry Capability Plan to ensure local businesses, suppliers and trades are given full opportunity to be involved in the facilities construction.
Joss Constructions anticipates up to 32 sub-contract packages, with a value of $12.1 million, will be sourced from companies within the local north Victoria and Riverina region. They are aiming for around 95 per cent of the workforce to come from the region.
The upgrades are part of a $212 million Joint Health Command Garrison Health Facilities Upgrade Project which will see upgrades to Defence health centres across 13 Defence sites nationally.