Hard working Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says the final master plan for the Shoalwater Bay defence training area has officially confirmed forced land sales are off the table.
The master plan for the Shoalwater Bay training area upgrade was released today. It shows that Defence can meet its future training requirements by purchasing land from willing sellers.
“This final master plan strikes a balance between strengthening our military to defend our country, and protecting the agricultural sector in the Marlborough region,” Ms Landry said.
“It also guarantees game-changing benefits to Rockhampton businesses, through a $1 billion injection of defence spending in our local region.
“Businesses in the Rockhampton area will be given priority for the construction of new facilities and ongoing support at the Shoalwater Bay site.
“This once in a lifetime deal will see $1 billion being spent at Central Queensland construction, logistics, transport, tourism, retail, hospitality and accommodation firms.
“Defence clearly erred when they flagged the possibility of forced land sales late last year.
“In December, I promised land owners that I would lobby the highest levels of government on their behalf, seeking to ensure compulsory land sales were to be off the table.
“Throughout this process, I have maintained daily conversations with the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and Defence Minister Marise Payne.
“Together, we have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to deliver this outcome, with no forced land sales in Central Queensland.
“The release of the defence master plan will deliver certainty and relief for Marlborough graziers, while guaranteeing the economic boost resulting from the defence expansion. This is a clear win-win scenario for the community.”
For more information about the enhanced training areas is available at: http://www.defence.gov.au/Initiatives/SingaporeTraining/