Defence investment to boost Top End infrastructure

Northern Territory businesses have the opportunity to be part of a major infrastructure project to support the United States Forces Posture Initiative (USFPI) in the Top End.

As the Managing Contractor, Australian construction company Sitzler, is using ICN Gateway to call for registrations on interest in the $711 million project, scheduled to begin late this year and be completed in 2025.

The project includes upgrading and expanding existing facilities at Robertson Barracks Close Training Area, Kangaroo Flats Training Area, Mt Bundey Training Area and Bradshaw Field Training Area.

This infrastructure investment will improve the way the Australian Defence Force and Australia’s major ally, the United States of America, trains and operates in northern Australia. The works form part of a comprehensive strategy under the USFPI.

All Defence projects must have a Local Industry Capability plan to ensure local suppliers can take part in the work packages.

“As a local industry champion, Sitzler is committed to maximising local industry and Indigenous participation and will continue to communicate via the ICN Gateway platform throughout the course of the project,” ICN NT Chief Executive Officer Kevin Peters said.

The scope of work includes:

  • decommissioning select facilities and ranges
  • upgrading existing training area facilities
  • new builds such as range control, weapons ranges, obstacle courses, aircraft landing sites, vehicle wash points, camp and medical facilities
  • new roads and upgrades to existing roads,
  • new services infrastructure and upgrades to existing services
  • new heavy-duty hardstand

“The Federal Government is committed to delivering economic opportunities for northern Australia through infrastructure investment,” Kevin said.

At the industry briefings held during February 2021 attendees were advised that both the concept and schematic designs are now complete, with Sitzler working through the detailed design, expected to be complete by May 2021.

The company has appointed all works and services for the planning phase, and is currently inviting registrations for the delivery phase, which is subject to departmental, government and parliamentary approvals.

  • Procurement of the delivery phase will be in two stages. The current stage involves: gathering EOI’s via ICN Gateway and assessing the registrations against key output criteria
  • developing tender lists for each package for Defence approval.

During the second stage, Sitzler will issue requests for tender in three tranches as outlined on its Gateway Project page – rangesproject.icn.org.au.

Established in Darwin in 1976, Sitzler has grown from a northern Australian construction company to a national construction specialist, delivering largest and complex projects across the country.

ICN NT encourages local companies with capability across a broad range of products and services, including to register their interest on the project’s Gateway Page.