GIANT construction company Lendlease has begun advertising its senior positions for the half billion dollar upgrade of the Tindal RAAF Base.
The company has begun advertising for a services engineer, to live and work in Katherine, a commercial manager employed on a fly in and fly out basis, and a site manager, to be based locally.
The company expects to start interviewing for the positions in the middle of October.
Businesses in Katherine and Darwin have been briefed on the opportunities in the construction of the “Air Combat Facilities Project” at Tindal.
About 65 people attended the briefing between the project supervisors, Lendlease, Broadspectrum, and Katherine sub-contractors last month
The Federal Government has bought 72 F-35A Lightning II, also called the Joint Strike Fighter, aircraft and associated support equipment and facilities work, with a total budget of more than $12 billion.
The approval included about $1.6 billion in facilities upgrade work mostly to be spent at Australia's two major RAAF fighter bases: Williamtown in New South Wales and Tindal.
The Defence Department expected about $470 million to be spent on the facility upgrade at Tindal.
Construction at Tindal is expected to begin next year with the first F-35A aircraft scheduled to arrive in Australia in 2018 although construction work is expected to continue for the next decade.
All 72 aircraft are expected to be operational by 2023.
The F-35A is capable of supersonic flight whilst retaining stealth, with extraordinary acceleration, agility and 9G manoeuvrability.
Tindal will be a key base for the F-35A, as it has been for the F/A-18A/B Hornet.
The Federal Government believes the Tindal upgrade would inject an estimated $470 million into the Northern Territory construction sector.
Lend Lease has been appointed managing contractor for the infrastructure projects.
The company expects to start interviewing for the positions in the middle of October.- Lendlease