ROCKHAMPTON and Yeppoon could be in for a $35 million economic boost over the next few weeks.

The first of thousands of troops have arrived for the 25th Exercise Wallaby, which sees the Singapore Armed Forces hosted at Shoalwater Bay.

"This is a very important boost to our region's economy," Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said. "Last year Singapore Defence spent $35 million in Capricornia and we anticipate the same or even more this year.

EXERCISE WALLABY: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Cr Neil Fisher at Rockhampton Airport where the Singapore Defence Force is preparing for Exercise Wallaby.
EXERCISE WALLABY: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry and Cr Neil Fisher at Rockhampton Airport where the Singapore Defence Force is preparing for Exercise Wallaby. Chris Ison Rokchelicopter

"Possibly, as much as $40 million - the majority of which will boost local businesses and the local economy.

"It's estimated $24 million to $30 million is spent with local contractors on logistics and supplies, $3 million to $4 million on accommodation and hospitality services and as much as $3 million to $4 million is spent by individual servicemen and women on retail and tourism when they get recreational leave in the area."

Rockhampton Regional councillor Neil Fisher said businesses in the city would benefit from at least 600 Singaporean air force personnel staying in local hotels and motels.

"This is on top of a rotating recreational leave roster which will see troops returning to the city for 48 hours of recreational leave prior to returning back to Singapore," Cr Fisher said



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