Construction at Kapooka set to benefit soldiers, security and the region

The home of the solider at Kapooka will soon see construction begin of a satellite ground station according to Nationals’ MP and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack. 

Mr McCormack introduced a motion into the House of Representatives last week referring the construction project to the Public Works Committee, ensuring the project is funded and supported by the Parliament.

 “The new facilities will enable anchoring of enhanced wideband satellite communications and involve the construction of a transmission building, foundations for three satellite dishes and other supporting infrastructure and engineering services,” Mr McCormack said. 

“The establishment of these facilities will have significant benefits for Wagga Wagga and the region, with an estimated project cost of $34 million, the positive impact and flow on effects for businesses and the local economy will be substantial. 

“This additional investment in Kapooka highlights the significance of the Riverina and its place at the centre of our defence capability. 

“As a former Assistant Minister for Defence and the local Federal Member I am very aware and proud of the important role the three defence force services play in our community and the contribution they make to our identity. 

“I congratulate the commandant of Kapooka, Colonel Mick Garraway and his leadership team for the fantastic work they do at Blamey Barracks and can say without hesitation that the region and the entire nation appreciate the work they do in mentoring and developing the recruits, the future of our armed forces. 

“I am pleased, subject to Parliamentary approval, that this motion has been put to the Parliament, building on the future of our army base and look forward to seeing shovels in the ground by mid-2018 and construction expected to be completed by late 2019.”

Dom Hopkinson