The financial benefits from the $2.25 billion Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) are continuing to bear fruit in Central Queensland.
Six companies have been awarded contracts worth more than $11 million as the expansion of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area ramps up.
The contracts were part of up-to 200 sub-contract packages to be made available over the next five years in the region, said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.
“The Shoalwater Bay Training Area is one of Australia’s most important Defence training areas, and its expansion is supporting economic growth in Central Queensland,” Ms Price said.
“We are committed to maximising opportunities for local industry across the life of the ASMTI through its Local Industry Capability Plan.”
Sub-contracts for fuel supply, consumables, potable water, fencing and engineering services have been awarded to companies based in the Capricorn region:
- Bulk Fuel Australia Pty Ltd has been awarded a contract valued at $7.055 million for fuel supply. They have a head office in Brisbane and a Rockhampton facility;
- Tunuba Pty Ltd, a joint venture between the Darumbal Traditional Owners and Central Queensland Consulting Group, has been awarded a $430,000 contract for consumables;
- JRT Civil, based in Yeppoon, has been awarded a $195,000 contract for the supply of potable water;
- TRM Fencing, a Rockhampton-based company, has been awarded $1.48 million for fencing works;
- Engineering company, Premise Australia Pty Ltd, which has a base in Mackay, has been awarded contract worth approximately $178,000; and
- Civil Engineers, Butler Partners, which has a base in Rockhampton, has been awarded a $2.41 million contract for geotechnical work during the construction phase.
These packages were in addition to the Central Queensland businesses already engaged in the design and construction of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area expansion, Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry said.
“I’m extremely pleased with the level of engagement with local industry and businesses under the ASMTI,” Ms Landry said.
“This initiative is a game-changer for our region and it’s only through the support of our Government that we’re seeing so many local jobs and opportunities created.”