Australian company CPB Contractors Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to deliver the first phase of works for a new defence training area near Greenvale in north Queensland.
FILE PHOTO (2014): Australian soldier Lance Corporal Chris Gagliardi, 7RAR on exercise with Singapore Army soldiers in Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Photo by Corporal David Cotton.
The training facilities will be built under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) to deliver advanced military training areas in central and north Queensland, while meeting the future needs of the Australian Defence Force.
Upon the successful completion of the development phase of the $23.5 million contract, CPB Contractors will then be engaged to deliver the $800 million of facilities under the ASMTI with construction anticipated to commence by mid-2022.
The project’s construction workforce is expected to peak at 350 workers, as part of the Greenvale Training Area’s major works.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the contract marked a significant milestone for ASMTI.
“These advanced training areas will benefit the ADF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), while enhancing our bilateral relationship and providing significant local economic opportunities for north Queensland,” Minister Reynolds said.
“When this initiative reaches maturity, up to 14,000 SAF personnel will conduct training in central and north Queensland for up to 18-weeks-a-year for 25 years, which will provide enduring economic benefits to the region.
“This initiative will be key to bolstering growth and supporting local jobs as the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Local MP Phillip Thompson said this news came at such an important time, as the local economy continued to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“CPB Contractors will soon begin engaging with local industry, with initial design for works commencing early next year,” Mr Thompson said.
“I encourage local businesses to be ready to benefit from the opportunities this initiative will provide.”
Additional early works packages to be delivered between 2020 and 2022 will include fencing and signage, contamination remediation and construction of firebreaks.
These packages will range in value from $50,000 to $4 million.
Contractors who have the capacity and capability to deliver early works in Greenvale are invited to download and complete a Market Sounding Information Response form via the Austender website.
Market sounding responses will be accepted until 31 December 2022.
Learn more about the ASMTI or to get involved, here.