Pollies want local jobs from $190m Shoalwater Bay upgrades

UPDATE 4.30PM: Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow has welcomed a $190 million investment in Shoalwater Bay, but is keen to see the region as a whole benefit.

"We're obviously excited every time there's a real focus on Shoalwater Bay or the military capacity of our region," she said.

The investment was announced in the Federal Government's Defence White Paper, released today.

"The investment will make exercises more effective and efficient, but we're keen to see much of that contract work given to local contractors," Cr Strelow said.

Cr Strelow said the investment was "setting the stage" for an increase in the size and number of military exercises held in the region, something council supports. 

Capricornia Mp Michelle Landry said she hoped the investment would benefit local businesses, contractors and suppliers. 

EARLIER: THE Federal Government will spend $190 million on defence infrastructure and intelligence projects in Central Queensland.

The projects at Shoalwater Bay were outlined in the Defence White Paper released today.

The paper sets out the government's long-term vision for Australia's national security.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said $190 million was earmarked for upgrades to Shoalwater Bay Training Area infrastructure.

$150 million will be spent upgrading Shoalwater Bay to support the range of new land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities over the next decade.

An additional $40 million is planned for 2025-26 to 2035-36.

The new facilities will also support new armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance unmanned aircraft in the early 2020s.

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