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CPB to provide Army Aviation Program works at Townsville

written by Stephen Kuper | February 12, 2024

An Australian Army CH-47 helicopter from the 5th Aviation Regiment prepares to take off at RAAF Base Townsville. (Defence, Linda Bone)

Defence has selected CPB Contractors, part of CIMIC Group, to provide the Army Aviation Program of Works at RAAF Base Townsville.

The program of works includes the upgrade or rebuild of infrastructure and facilities to support the relocation of both the 1st Aviation Regiment from Robertson Barracks and the 16th Aviation Brigade from Gallipoli Barracks to RAAF Base Townsville, Queensland, in line with the findings of the Defence Strategic Review.

CIMIC Group executive chairman Juan Santamaria said, “This important program of works supports the Australian Defence Force’s ability to operate from Australia’s northern bases.”

The design stage for the works is scheduled to commence early this year, subject to government approvals, before transitioning to construction in mid-2025, with an expected completion date in mid-2028.

CPB Contractors managing director Jason Spears added, “CPB Contractors’ expertise and experience will ensure the package of works is delivered in line with all operational and security requirements. We are focused on delivering expanded, fit-for-purpose facilities to support and serve the Australian Army’s increasing numbers and spatial needs.”


The Army Aviation Program of Works has a project value of approximately $370 million.

CIMIC Group is an engineering-led construction, mining, services and public-private partnerships leader working across the life cycle of assets, infrastructure, and resources projects.

CIMIC Group comprises construction businesses CPB Contractors, Leighton Asia and Broad, mining and mineral processing companies Thiess (joint control) and Sedgman, services specialist UGL and development and investment arm Pacific Partnerships – all supported by in-house engineering consultancy EIC Activities.

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