FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry will host Australia's Defence Minister for a small business forum in Rockhampton on Tuesday, June 14.
Ms Landry said Marise Payne - Australia's first female Minister for Defence - will address a forum about the benefits of a recent ground-breaking free trade deal with Singapore, arranged by the Turnbull-Joyce Government.
"The deal will see Singapore spend $2.25 billion in Queensland on defence infrastructure - including $1 billion right here in Capricornia," Ms Landry said.
"The deal is the biggest of its type in history and is set to spell a boon for retail, and tourism spending in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast - as well offer potential business in areas of supplies, logistics and construction."
Ms Landry said business owners in the region were invited to attend a forum in which the Minister will speak on the deal and its benefits to local businesses.
- Where: Held at the Empire Hotel conference room, Victoria Parade, Rockhampton
- When: Tuesday, June 14 from 11.15am to 12.30pm
- Business owners RSVP to Ms Landry's office, phone: 4922 6604
Ms Landry announced the historic $1 billion upgrade to the defence infrastructure, roads and hi-tech military hardware centre last month.
She said the Shoalwater Bay facility would stage two training exercises a year, and more than double the number of military personnel (to 14,000) between Shoalwater Bay and Townsville - boosting retail and tourism spending in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast.
SHOALWATER BAY PLANS
Singapore will increase its troops from 6000 to 14,000 each year between Shoalwater Bay and Townsville.
Spend up to $1 billion in Central Queensland on activities around Shoalwater Bay.
Upgrade and construct new training and live fire combat zones, upgrade and resurface roads, airfields and other facilities.
Visit twice a year (instead of annually) with split training exercises from February to May and August to November.