Land at Greenvale, northwest of Townsville, and at Shoalwater Bay will be transferred from Queensland Government ownership to the Department of Defence to fast track development of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI).
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, said that Singapore will invest $2.25 billion under the ASMTI signed by Commonwealth Government to purchase land and develop training areas to meet the future needs of the Australian Defence Force and increased presence of the Singapore Armed Forces personnel who are training in Australia.
“Currently, up to 6,600 Singapore Armed Forces troops conduct training in Australia annually,” Minister Reynolds said.
“Under the agreement signed by the Federal Liberals and Nationals Government, this number will increase to 14,000 troops per year as the ASMTI training facilities are developed and logistical support arrangements are put in place.
“The land acquired and facilities developed through this arrangement will be owned by the Commonwealth Government.”
The military training project is expected to create up to 740 new and sustainable jobs and increase annual income across Central and North Queensland by up to $70 million.
The land transfer will allow for the expansion of the existing Australian Defence Force Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Central Queensland and establish a new training area in Greenvale, North Queensland
Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick said regional communities stand to benefit from the additional investment in training infrastructure and equipment from the expanded training area.
“Queensland is home to the kind of high quality, responsive, agile and innovative businesses ready to supply and maintain soldier combat equipment and systems, incorporating the latest technology,” Mr Dick said.
“Defence Jobs Queensland is ready to drive the continued growth of Queensland’s defence industry and supports the Government’s commitment to attracting additional defence related jobs to the state.”
Federal Member for Capricornia, the Hon Michelle Landry MP, said the Central Queensland region stands to benefit from the ASMTI.
“Consistent with the Morrison Government’s Local Industry Capability Plan initiative, over 80 per cent of work for the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area will be source from the Central Queensland region,” Ms Landry said.
“In Central Queensland, 16 companies have already been contracted for engineering, geotechnical and surveying services for the design phase of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area expansion, work estimated to be worth $4 million.”
Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the local community welcomed the increased economic opportunities which will bring local jobs and business opportunities to the area.
“This is a terrific economic boost for our local communities and I’ll be working hard to ensure local businesses have an opportunity to bid for and win new business arising from the expansion,” Ms Lauga said.
Construction work will commence in Central and North Queensland in quarter three this year.
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