Senator Ian Macdonald,High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore Fook Seng Kwok, Michelle Landry MP and the High Commissions Defence Advisor, Colonel Lam Pei Sien.
Senator Ian Macdonald,High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore Fook Seng Kwok, Michelle Landry MP and the High Commissions Defence Advisor, Colonel Lam Pei Sien.

Update on Shoalwater Bay $1B upgrade

THE $1 billion upgrade of Shoalwater Bay Military Training Ground continues to be on the radar, north of Rockhampton.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Australian and Singapore Governments continue to work on agreements to cement the Defence arrangement.

Ms Landry has met with the High Commissioner of the Republic of Singapore Fook Seng Kwok and the High Commission's Defence Advisor, Colonel Lam Pei Sien.

"Singapore will spend up to $1 billion on defence infrastructure at Shoalwater Bay and double troop numbers during training exercises," Ms Landry said.

"This will provide a much needed construction, retail, hospitality and tourism boost to our region."

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.



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