Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s announcement that BAE Systems Australia will undertake a significant upgrade to Australia’s Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) including a $30 million investment to upgrade the Alice Springs radar site.
At its peak, the $1.2 billion upgrade will require a highly technical workforce, supporting more than 500 highly technical jobs around Australia, including jobs in Alice Springs. The project will take 10 years to complete and is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to modernise the Australian Defence Force.
Senator Scullion said that this was testament to the opportunities provided through Australia’s defence industry – the workforce behind the defence force.
“The Turnbull Government is investing 200 billion dollars over the next decade to ensure defence has the capabilities to keep our country safe,” Senator Scullion said.
“Our first priority is to make sure our forces have the capability they need. In achieving this we are determined to invest as much as possible in supporting and growing our own industry here in Australia – including in Alice Springs.
“The $30 million upgrade to the Alice springs radar site will be a boost to the local economy and I am sure local businesses stand ready to put their hand up to work with bae on developing the facility,” Senator Scullion said today.
“Today’s announcement is another success story, where world-leading Australian capabilities such as the JORN system will be upgraded in Australia by Australians, leading to the creation and sustainment of Australian and territory jobs.
“The upgrades announced today not only ensure that JORN continues to protect Australia’s borders beyond 2040, but also supports 40 jobs at the JORN radar site in Alice Springs.”
For more information on opportunities in Australian defence industry, visit www.defenceindustry.gov.au.