Australian Minister for Defence Marise Payne has announced a $213m upgrade to the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Garden Island facility in Sydney.
The project entails demolition of the existing Cruiser Wharf and Oil Wharf at the facility, and construction of a new wharf with a different alignment.
It also includes extending an adjoining wharf to reduce the new wharf’s protrusion into Sydney Harbour.
The new wharf will be equipped with engineering services, including electrical, water, and fuel, along with a crane.
This will enable maintenance work to be conducted well away from residential areas, which the Department of Defence notes will reduce noise and visual pollution.
Work on the project has been referred to a parliamentary standing committee and is expected to begin by the middle of the year.
The project is expected to create more than 300 direct jobs, and will improve defence operations and overall national security. It will involve participation from local and indigenous suppliers.
The government also states it is currently investing in the stabalisation of national security by increasing defence spending, including a $40bn investment in Australia’s future naval capabilities.
Additional investment in naval shipbuilding is expected to provide quality defence infrastructure to support and maintain Australia's navy.
Garden Island forms a part of the RAN's Fleet Base East (HMAS Kuttabul) and is the traditional centre of naval activity in Sydney Harbour.