$660 million Shoalwater Bay works contracted

Laing O’Rourke has been chosen as the Managing Contractor for the Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) facilities project works at Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

FILE PHOTO (November 2014): Australian soldier Lance Corporal Chris Gagliardi, 7RAR on exercise with Singapore Army soldiers in Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Photo by Corporal David Cotton.

Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett said this announcement was a win for Rockhampton and the Shoalwater Bay region.

“Injecting up to $660 million into the regional economy over a five-year period, the project will deliver enhanced military training areas to the Australian Defence Force while fostering Australia’s close relationship with the Singaporean Armed Forces (SAF),” Minister Fawcett said.

“The construction work, to commence by the end of 2019, will bring significant economic opportunities to the region, create local jobs and investment, and support local industry near the SWBTA.

“Laing O’Rourke has developed an extensive Local Industry Capability Plan to ensure local businesses can take advantage of the opportunities arising from this project.

“There will be opportunities for industry in the initial facilities and infrastructure construction on the expanded training area, as well as ongoing support for the ADF and SAF.

“Over the life of the ASMTI, there will be an injection of approximately $2 billion into Queensland’s regional economies, including an estimated $50 million spent annually during the construction phase.”

Learn more about the ASMTI here.

 

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