Oct 08, 2019

Explosive start for ASMTI works in the North

Explosive start for ASMTI works in the North

Townsville is marking a milestone in the $2.25 billion Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI), with the first piece of infrastructure completed.

The $5.4 million explosive ordnance storage Earth Covered Building (ECB) at Mt Stuart in Townsville was funded by Singapore under the ASMTI.

Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the Singapore Armed Forces would now have access to explosive ordnance storage when they trained in Australia. 

“This project is a significant milestone for the ASMTI, and coincides with the start of early construction work on the new training area near Greenvale in North Queensland,” Senator Reynolds said. 

Federal MP Phillip Thompson with representatives from the Singapore Armed Forces.

Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the completion of the ECB was a boost to the local economy.

“It’s fantastic to see 17 companies from the Townsville region provided essential services to support construction of the ECB, including concrete supply, concrete reinforcement, waterproofing, electrical and communications works, fire protection, structural steel, civil works, security, site accommodation, mechanical works, painting and rendering,” Mr Thompson said.

“This milestone highlights the progress of the ASMTI in North Queensland and demonstrates our Government’s commitment to local industry in the region.”

Defence will hold information sessions in Charters Towers, Townsville and Ingham next week regions as part of the next release of work packages in North Queensland.

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