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Defence’s largest joint venture with an Indigenous partner achieves major milestone

The largest joint venture with an Indigenous firm has recently passed a major milestone with the construction of the new wharf at Garden Island as part of the Department of Defence $263.3 million Garden Island Critical Infrastructure Recovery Program.

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HMAS Parramatta departs Fleet Base East, Garden Island wharf, courtesy Department of Defence

The contract with PSG Holdings and Lendlease represents Defence’s largest joint venture with an Indigenous partner. PSG Holdings was engaged under the Commonwealth’s Indigenous Procurement Policy and is a proud Indigenous construction company founded in 2011 with the vision of “achieving Reconciliation through business”.

As part of the largest expansion of the Royal Australian Navy since the Second World War, Defence is currently undertaking $550 million of infrastructure works across Sydney’s Garden Island.

Deputy Secretary Security and Estate Group, Ms Celia Perkins said this was a major achievement for Indigenous businesses and local companies.

This project exemplifies Defence’s strong commitment to Closing the Gap by providing dedicated opportunities to Indigenous companies.

Construction of the new wharf has engaged 35 Indigenous contractors, and has spent $10 million with Indigenous suppliers.” Ms Perkins said.

The new wharf was critical in supporting the expanded maritime force, outlined in the 2020 Force Structure Plan.

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