Work Starts at RAAF Base
Posted on Tuesday, 28 October 2008
With a turn of the first sod, building of the new mess and updated living quarters began at the Pearce RAAF Base in Bullsbrook this morning.
The staged redevelopment will result in a combined base mess hall with a central kitchen and a revamp of the officer’ s living quarters, all planned to be completed by February 2011.
Welcoming the start of construction, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, Federal Member for Pearce said it is important for our service men and women to have up-to-date and adequate accommodation to meet the needs of modern day training.
As the previous Chair of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, Mrs Moylan over-saw the proposal for the RAAF Base Pearce Redevelopment Stage 1 in May 2007 and said these improvements will inject funds into the local community.
“During the hearing the Coalition always encouraged defence contractors to use local sub-contactors for additional work and I hope this policy will continue under the new government,” she said.
“Over the years the RAAF has done a lot for small business and are an integral part of the broader community.”
The committee was also concerned about the availability of water on base and Mrs Moylan was particularly pleased the RAAF agreed to the committee’s recommendation regarding water catchment.
“The biggest questions I asked about the proposal were to do with water capture,” she said.
“I am really please the RAAF have agreed to build a water capture system as it will elevate pressure on local water supplies.”