The Cultana Training Area is located ~385km north west of Adelaide, between Port Augusta and Whyalla.
The area was identified as an ideal Defence training location because the climate and terrain allow for training all year round.
The Cultana Training Area Redevelopment Project Phase 2 will provide fit for purpose facilities and infrastructure, increasing the useability and safety of the 2020 updates delivered in phase 1.
Subject to Parliamentary approval, the construction work is expected to commence in the 3rd quarter of 2023, with expected completion in the 3rd quarter of 2024.
Defence recognises the importance of consulting with local residents, statutory authorities and other interested stakeholders on the project.
Defence held 2 public information sessions on 25 October 2022 at Port Augusta and 26 October 2022 at Whyalla.
The project was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC) on 24 November 2022. The public hearing is expected to be held in February 2023, with Parliamentary expediency expected by April 2023.
Submissions to the PWC can be made through its website.
The proposed phase 2 works at the Cultana Training Area will be delivered in 4 work elements:
All-weather unsealed road - constructed for heavy wheeled and tracked vehicle access, allowing for medical evacuation via Erye, Iron Knob or Lincoln Highways.
Permanent live-fire training facility - supporting live-fire training from vehicles and dismounted personnel.
Ammunition transfer points - infrastructure facilitating storage and distribution of ammunition for use in training activities.
Urban operations training facility - providing a simulated urban environment to support realistic training opportunities for personnel.