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Defence HQ tender announced.

By capt_benno - 30 May 2006 11

smh.com.au has just announced that a consortium named Praeco, involving Leighton Contractors and ABN Amro has won the tender to build the new $300 million defence headquarters. Read all about it here.

Special Minister of State Gary Nairn has announced Praeco Pty Ltd as the winning bidder for the development, just outside the town of Bungendore.

“The bids that were there are all very good,” Mr Nairn said.

“At the end of the day the overall contract that was put forward, the way in which they will do this, this company (Praeco) just had its nose in front.”

The arrangement involves building the complex, then leasing it back to the Dept of Defence for 30 years, before a buy back clause is enacted. Quite a cash cow if one was to ask me. One wonders if they are required to purchase/ scope out the sire where this will be built. Unfortunately I doubt it.

All this just in time for the masses from Western Sydney to come out and work on this project, like the good little soldier ants that they are.

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Defence HQ tender announced.
ant 12:04 pm 05 Jun 06

The sharks would write letters to the CT complaining about the carp, like everyone else does.

caf 9:54 am 01 Jun 06

…apart from the small matter of a ~700m height differential, sure… 🙂

Thumper 8:51 am 01 Jun 06

A decent double lane highway to the coast with a tunnel under the Clyde….

And a channel from the coast to LBG so we can go shark fishing near scrivener dam. Then we can have Port Kingston and a floating restaurant and real seagulls…..

And the carp will get eaten by the sharks.

And there will be much rejoicing in the kingdom.

You know it makes sense….

Pandy 9:37 pm 31 May 06

From 1/7/6 will require [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

ant 9:17 pm 31 May 06

A few overtaking lanes would be sufficient. Why the hell can’t people point a car accurately on a normal country road? why does everyone need double carriagways? Might as well just put in a bunch of fast trains.

nyssa76 7:12 am 31 May 06

I send my husband e-mails all the time at his defence e-mail (he’s in East Timor) and they don’t bounce at all.

Here’s hoping if they build the HQ they’ll fix the damn Kings Hwy into a dual carriageway all around. Then again, knowing the Govt, they won’t.

Pandy 10:02 pm 30 May 06

I reckon they will have very small windows on the complex. In case the terrorists try to point a laser at them to liten on private conversations.

PS: I was told today that all private emails to defence must have [something] in the subject field, otherwise the email will bounce.

ant 7:55 pm 30 May 06

Although they say “bungendore” in all the media stuff, in fact it’ll be up on the Qbn side of the escarpment. As near as I can fathom, it’s closest to Burbong (that bridge). Quite a way from Bungendore. I can see up two valleys, and it’ll be in one of them, and apparently houses where mine is will be able to see the complex. I bet they light it up like a fairground.

kimba 4:57 pm 30 May 06

Good news for the Capital region. Sure the transport and telecommunications services need to be upgrade and most probably will be which will be great for the locals as well.

I wonder if Whinging 2CC Mike Jeffries and local ALP identities cranky Franky Pangallo, ‘snowy hydro’ Steve Whan and ‘wanna be MP’ Kel Watt will now congratulate Gary Nairn on delivering the HQ. Haha, doubt it!

Les Whinin 1:32 pm 30 May 06

It stands to reason that the gummint would spend $300 mill on a defence headquarters in an area with poor road access, decrepid train lines and no airport… I mean if you can’t get to it by land, air or sea, then perhaps the terrorists will not want to target it?

The problems of having no potable water and a shocking telco infrastructure are, of course, small matters.

Moreover, I’m sure Bangthedoor residents will absolutely relish this great gift, I mean its not like they kicked up a fuss when curb-and-gutter development started. By comparison, a $300m defence headquarters means nothing to a boutique country town trying to maintain some glimmer of heritage value.

RandomGit 12:21 pm 30 May 06

Fascinating stuff. I drive through there all the time, I wonder if Smiths Gap is going to get the mother of all grader jobs for it.

Time to buy up Bungendore residential properties…. ah crap, the yuppies beat me to it already.

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