Dec 02, 2018

Businesses have chance to cash in

Businesses have chance to cash in An industry event in Gladstone on Thursday will provide an update on construction work due to take place at Shoalwater Bay's defence training area.

Central Queensland businesses will have an opportunity this week to learn more about $800 million worth of work which will be up for grabs from next year.

Gladstone Engineering Alliance acting chief executive officer Julie Gelder said contractor Laing O’Rourke had signed a contract to develop an international defence project in the central Queensland region worth about $800 million.

Laing O’Rourke will present tender and procurement information, about the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative, at an industry update in Gladstone next Thursday.

“The Laing O’Rourke presentation will provide information on the project activities, including work packages available and an update on the Shoalwater Bay Training Area Remediation Project,” Ms Gelder 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 most of all support the local resource and construction industry with work opportunities.”

Ms Gelder (pictured) said the project would deliver enhanced military training areas to the Australian Defence Force while fostering Australia’s close relationship with the Singaporean Armed Forces.

The ASMTI project will see new facilities and upgraded infrastructure at Shoalwater Bay, which is one of Australia’s key defence training areas.

Ms Gelder said the initiative would see $2.25 billion invested in central and north Queensland, with a strong focus on local industry participation, for lasting and tangible benefits to regional jobs, skills and the economy.

Thursday’s industry update will be held at the Yaralla Sports Centre from 7am.

For registration go to or phone the GEA on 07 4972 9060.


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