Australia to Upgrade RAAFB Pearce
The Australian government has committed A$ 142.2 million (currently about $104 million) for the redevelopment of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Pearce, located next to the town of Bullsbrook, near Perth on Australia’s south-western coast. RAAF Pearce is primarily a training base, and currently hosts 79 Squadron’s Hawk LIFT Mk127s and 2nd Flight Training Squadron’s Pilatus PC-9/A trainers. It is sometimes used as a jumping-off point for other aircraft engaged in overseas deployments and support flights.
This is the first redevelopment planned for RAAF Base Pearce, and it will include a combination of new construction and refurbishment works for engineering services, a fuel farm, aircraft hangars and maintenance facilities, training and operational facilities, a combined mess, and office and living-in accommodation. The project is expected to generate significant employment and business opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises, and construction worked is expected to commence around late 2007 – early 2008 if Parliament approves the expenditure. The upgrades are expected to be complete in mid-2011. Australian DoD release.