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$18 million Darwin project gets approval

Parliament approves $18 million project for Darwin. "

Construction on a Multi User Barge Ramp Facility in Darwin, which recently received parliamentary approval,  is expected to be completed as soon as the middle of 2016.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Darren Chester announced today that the $18 million project will start this year.

The news will be especially welcomed by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), as it will significantly improve support capability - particularly for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Dock ships. 

"Darwin is and will remain, strategically vital for enabling ADF maritime operations across Australia's northern approaches, particularly in relation to Australia's developing amphibious capability," said the minister.

The Northern Territory Government's Land Development Corporation own the ramp, which was a joint initiative between the Department of Defence and local authority.

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles welcomed the impressive investment worth millions of dollars.

"The construction of the barge ramp will create up to 50 new jobs for Territorians during construction while there are significant ongoing commercial benefits to industry as local operators look to service the defence, oil and gas, and marine sectors," Mr Giles said.

After completion, the project would include would include a barge ramp, a patrolling area adjoining the ramp and a road to link the ramp to a staging area.

"These are essential to enable the operation of Navy's amphibious vessels in the Darwin area," he said.

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