Funding boost for defence

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Wagga is set for a major investment boost following the federal governments defence white paper was unveiled last week. The Assistant Defence Minister Michael McCormack says the Defence White Paper will deliver $960m investment for Wagga Wagga in regional New South Wales.

The defence white paper announced last week revealed $400 million would be spent on both the Army Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka and RAAF Base Wagga at Forest Hill up to 2025-26.

Mr McCormack said about 2,200 Defence personnel live in the area now but that was set to grow in the next decade, with significant flow-on effects for the local economy.

"Investment at Kapooka is planned to total around $400 million over the next decade and $400 million for the RAAF Base at Forest Hill. In the decade following that an additional $40 million will be spent at RAAF Wagga, and about $120 million at Kapooka, so that's a total of $960 million for those important training bases," he said.

Mr McCormack said the Defence White Paper would deliver unparalleled outcomes and job opportunities for regional Australia.

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