March 9, 2017 – A new $213 million upgrade to the RAN’s Garden Island facility in Sydney will improve Defence operations, enhance national security and create hundreds of jobs. Announced on 2 March, the new wharf upgrade project is expected to begin in mid-2017, subject to approval. The existing Cruiser Wharf and Oil Wharf will be demolished and a new wharf with different alignment will be constructed, and an adjoining wharf will be extended to reduce the new wharf’s protrusion into Sydney Harbor.
The Garden Island upgrade will provide critical capability for Navy as part of the 2016 Defence White Paper. The project is expected to create about 300 direct jobs with flow-on benefits for the local economy. Building the new wharf that is equipped with engineering services, including electrical, water, and fuel, along with a crane, will enable maintenance work to be conducted well away from residential areas, reducing the noise and visual impacts.