The Australian Government has awarded a $365m managing contract to Lendlease Building Contractors for the first tranche of works on new defence facilities at HMAS Stirling and the Australian Maritime Complex in Henderson.

The contract will boost the economy and generate up to 750 construction jobs.

The facilities will support new Perth-based ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

They will also support the increased number of navy personnel living and training at HMAS Stirling, which will provide living-in accommodation and a specialist training centre.

The centre will train navy crews in operating and maintaining the new Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).

The RAN will use Australian Maritime Complex site for operational maintenance and through-life support of the Arafura class.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “Major infrastructure projects like these will continue to support our defence and construction industries at a time of great uncertainty during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Morrison government has ensured local industry is given maximum opportunity to be involved, with Lendlease committing to an 85% target for local sub-contract work under our Defence Policy for Industry Participation.

“These works are the third package to be delivered under the Navy Capability Infrastructure sub-programme, which will total approximately $2.1bn of new facilities and infrastructure to be delivered across Australia over the next six years.”

The announcement follows the commencement of the construction of the remaining ten new Arafura-class OPVs under development at the Civmec shipyard in Henderson.

The first two OPVs are being built in Adelaide. HMAS Arafura, the first of the Arafura-class vessels, is based at HMAS Stirling. The vessel will commence trials next year and join the service from 2022.