South Australia and Federal Government Reach Land-Swap Deal for Nuclear Submarine Construction

         

The South Australian government has signed a land-swap agreement with the federal government, planning to repurpose the Keswick Barracks for housing and a hydrogen plant, while acquiring land for a new submarine construction yard and training academy.

Land-Swap Deal

The South Australian government has reached a land-swap agreement with the federal government, allowing the repurposing of the Keswick Barracks for housing and a hydrogen plant. In exchange, the federal government will acquire land at Osborne for a new submarine construction yard and training academy.

Key Points of the Deal

Under the agreement, the SA government will build housing at the Keswick Barracks and Smithfield sites, while utilizing the Cultana site for a hydrogen plant. Meanwhile, the federal government will secure 60 hectares of land at Osborne for a submarine construction yard and a training academy. The land swaps are essential in facilitating the construction of AUKUS nuclear submarines, marking a critical step in building nuclear-powered submarines in South Australia.

Government Statements

Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles emphasized the significance of the land swaps in enabling the construction of nuclear-powered submarines in South Australia. SA’s Premier, Peter Malinauskas, highlighted the complexities of the negotiations and the commitment to cooperation that led to the realization of these ambitions.

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