BLUFTim Fernandez discusses the advantages of building the next submarine base at Port Kembla.
This article by Tim Fernandez from the ABC makes the following points:
- Port Kembla, Newcastle and Brisbane are shortlisted potential bases for Australia's nuclear submarines.
- The ABC understands Wollongong region is the Defence Department's preferred site.
- It's 20 years since the last major military base was built.
- Liberal Senator Fierravanti-Wells says Port Kembla is the "obvious choice".
- Wollongong has been a nuclear-free city since 1980.
- Potentially 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and annual $3.2 billion economic benefits.
- Port Kembla's advantages are protected deepwater port, easy access to Navy's East Australia Exercise Area, heavy manufacturing base, and skilled workforce.
- Wherever located, a possible nuclear target.
- Likely many in the community will be against the project.
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References from the Web:
- MAR 2022 Coalition shortlist for nuclear submarines base were not in Defence’s top five in 2011 review |The Guardian
- MAR 2022 Wollongong reacts to prospect of nuclear subs base on its doorstep |Cessnock Advertiser
- MAR 2022 Port Kembla submarine base: Strategic necessity or unnecessary target? |Illawarra Mercury
- MAR 2022 Former Port Kembla port boss ‘open’ to nuclear sub proposal |Sydney Morning Herald
Source Information ABC Australia
- Article Source: ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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