Master Sergeant Kelvin Ching met soldiers coming off the Singapore Airlines direct flight to Rockhampton.
Master Sergeant Kelvin Ching met soldiers coming off the Singapore Airlines direct flight to Rockhampton.

Tourism reinforced with first Singaporean troops



SINGAPORE Airlines jets touching down at Rockhampton Airport have almost become a common sight this week.

Two direct flights from Singa- pore came in on Monday, an- other yesterday and two more are due today.

The jets are bringing 5000 Singaporean soldiers to the re- gion to train as part of the an- nual Exercise Wallaby at Shoal- water Bay.

Rockhampton Tourist and Business Information manager Barbara Harwood said that af- ter so many annual exercises in Central Queensland the troops had almost become part of the family.

With the exercise officially started on Monday, the visit is expected to inject millions of dollars into the region's econo- my. Ms Harwood believes a lot of the troops will make the most of the cultural experience by visiting attractions.

"I'm sure they will visit Wa- terpark and Great Keppel Is- land as well as organise fishing trips and golf packages and go shopping,'' she said.

Rockhampton-based Singa- pore Armed Forces army de- tachment commander Major Mark Liang, who has taken over the post from Major Sin Hin Wee, said troops would train until November.

"There are now about 1000 troops here and there will be about 500 or 600 more coming in the next few days,'' Major Liang said.

"The rest will be coming in November.



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