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Australia to upgrade defence science laboratory

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CANBERRA (BNS): Australia is investing $41 million to upgrade facilities and research capabilities at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation site at Fishermans Bend in Melbourne, the Ministry of Defence said.

Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert on Monday turned the first sod to mark the start of construction on DSTO’s Security and Facilities Upgrade Project.

Cockram Constructions Pty Ltd has been appointed the Head Contractor for the project, it said.

“Defence demand for scientific support has increased considerably in recent years and DSTO requires modern and expanded facilities to meet the challenges associated with developing new technologies,” Mr Robert said.

“This upgrade project will give DSTO access to state-of-the-art research facilities to support Defence and our national security agencies, particularly in countering chemical, biological and radiological threats.

“When the upgrade project is completed in 2016, DSTO scientists will have highly secure, purpose-built facilities to continue their cutting-edge research that will support Defence requirements,” he said.

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