Through ongoing awareness, negotiations and discussion, the Rockhampton Regional Council has worked with Defence to open opportunities for small to medium businesses in the region to provide supplies and services.
The Council will be working assiduously to ensure opportunities are identified, infrastructure investment is correctly aligned, and support provided to SME’s that can add value to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA), to not only strengthen business in our region, but also be a hub for more employment and skill development.
Until recently, most products and services were procured from Brisbane and Townsville, however this has now been opened to local business, and will be supported by both the Council and Defence in order to get better value for money for the SWBTA and also support local business expansion.
The Rockhampton Region, and wider Central Queensland, economy has the capacity to replace Townsville as the largest regional supplier source, while also offering good value for money outcomes.
The Rockhampton Region greatly benefits already from significant local procurement associated with activities at the SWBTA. As activity increases, the Rockhampton Region is seeking to be formalised as the Procurement Hub for the SAF under the new Australia-Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership agreement.