Singapore Army Training with Australians in Queensland

Up to 14,000 Singapore troops will train with Australian troops in northern and central Queensland after the state government has signed a contract to develop a state-of-the-art military training facility.

A complex lease of land between Greenvale and Shoalwater Bay has been finalized for the multi-million dollar defense industry effort to subsidize employment in the region.

“Our defense industry has great potential for growth in central and northern Queensland,” said Queensland Prime Minister Anastasia Parashek. Media release.. “We are working hard to grow this sector to rebuild the economy and create opportunities for the locals.”

The prime minister said the effort was at the heart of the government’s COVID-19 economic recovery program.

“I want to see shovels in the field of new projects that create jobs and stabilize the economy, so I’m working hard to quickly track these initiatives,” she says. Stated.

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On December 15, 2020, at Camp Groll in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland, DSC Chief of Defense Angus Scanbell AO and Vice Admiral Melvin On effectively unveiled a commemorative plaque. (ADF included)

Queensland Resources Minister Scott Stewart said after nearly four years of negotiations with the federal government, an agreement was reached to secure the land needed to provide a training base in Queensland. ..

“The Australia-Singapore Armed Forces Training Initiative takes up to 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces to Queensland each year for 25 years, training for 18 weeks each time, during which time spending money in the local community,” he said. ..

“The construction of the Greenvale facility provides a boost of over $ 36 million to the North Queensland economy each year in its operation and provides excellent and safe local work to drive the Government of Parashek’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan. I will. “

The Greenvale facility is located 200 km northwest of Townsville, and the Queensland Government is extensive among the Australian Defense Ministry, Queensland Government, traditional Aboriginal land owners, other landowners, and local councils. It states that it is the culmination of various discussions and plans. ..

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Australia-Singapore Armed Forces Training Initiative (ASMTI), Herbert Congressman, Phillip Thompson OAM MP, Australian Defense Force and Singapore Armed Forces Representatives, ASTMI and Local Construction Contractors First Ceremony October 8, 2019 Infrastructure to establish a new military training area in North Queensland. (CPL Daniel Elwell / ADF)

Thuringowa State Assembly member Aaron Harper said the defense community is an important part of Townsville and North Queensland.

“It’s great to be part of a government that supports this exciting initiative that creates hundreds of jobs for people in the region,” says Harper.

The state Manding Barra MP Les Walker, where voters are home to the Labarak Barracks, reflected Harper’s sentiment.

“Townsville has a proud and long military history, and the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative continues this legacy,” he said.

Major construction work on the Shoalwater Baysite north of Rockhampton is already underway, and local parliamentarian Barry O’Rourke predicts local economic benefits.

A Defense Ministry spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Defense is committed to implementing the initiative in a way that enhances the economic interests of the community and provides opportunities for local industries in northern and central Queensland throughout the life of the initiative. I’m out. “

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