Laing O’Rourke has been appointed as the managing contractor for the Australian-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) facilities project works at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), 80km north of Rockhampton in Queensland, Australia, valued at $800m.
Under the contract, Laing O’Rourke will construct new facilities and upgrade infrastructure at the SWBTA.
The SWBTA is one of the key training areas Australia for conducting domestic and international defence training.
As much as $2.25bn will be invested in Central and North Queensland, with focus on local industry participation.
Assistant Minister for Defence David Fawcett said that the announcement was a win for Rockhampton and the Shoalwater Bay region.
He said: “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 (ADF) while fostering Australia’s close relationship with the Singaporean Armed Forces (SAF).
“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.”
He minister said that Laing O’Rourke has developed a Local Industry Capability Plan to ensure local businesses can take advantage of the opportunities arising from this project.
Fawcett said: “Laing O’Rourke has committed to sourcing over 80 per cent of work from the Central Queensland region, ensuring local business can take advantage of the opportunities arising from the ASMTI.
“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.”
Laing O’Rourke will begin engaging the local industry in the near future so that they can register their interest.
The minister said that the ASMTI is delivering enhanced training areas in Central and North Queensland that will benefit the ADF, provide local economic opportunities, as well as enhance Australia’s bilateral defence relationship with Singapore.
Image: Officials during the contract signing ceremony for the Australian-Singaporean defence project. Photo: Courtesy of Laing O’Rourke.