Multiple opportunities for suppliers in Defence

Developing local activity in the Defence sector presents many opportunities for local businesses in the region to provide supplies and services. Rockhampton Regional Council is working tirelessly to ensure opportunities are identified, infrastructure investment is correctly aligned, and support is provided to enterprises that can add value to the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA).

The Rockhampton region and the wider Central Queensland economy has the capacity to replace Townsville as the largest regional supplier source, while also offering value for money outcomes.

Three major defence projects are underway, in addition to the annual military Talisman Sabre exercises which bring large numbers of personnel from Singapore, the United States of America and other invited countries to the region.

Advance Rockhampton can assist businesses who are seeking to become part of the supply chain for these major projects through our Training Opportunities.

Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI)

The ASMTI is an opportunity for Australia to build Defence capability through enhancing and improving training capacity whilst providing strong and enduring economic benefits to Central and North Queensland.

This $2 billion initiative will provide increased access to Australian military training areas for the Singapore Armed Forces. Laing O'Rourke has been appointed as the managing contractor for the ASMTI Facilities Project works at the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.  Work is expected to commence by the end of 2019 and be delivered over five to six years.

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Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area (SBMTA) Expansion

Laing O’Rourke was announced as the managing contractor for the expansion of the SWBTA in September 2018. Up to $4 million is expected to be spent locally enhancing the training areas in Central Queensland, while ensuring environmental sustainability and creating job opportunities and partnerships.

Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area (SBMTA) Remediation Project

The $135 million SBMTA Remediation Project is currently in the design phase with Downer and FKG Group appointed as the managing contractors. The project involves improvements to key training facilities including airfields, urban training area, camp and access roads and is likely to commence in the second half of 2019 and be completed in 2022.

Exercise Talisman Sabre

The Talisman Sabre (TS) exercises are a bilateral activity involving Australia and the United States, with additional countries also being invited to participate in individual TS series.

The TS series are designed to train our respective military forces in planning and conducting combined task force operations to improve the combat readiness and interoperability between our respective forces.  

The most recent TS series, TS19, involved up to 25,000 personnel operating across the maritime, land and air domains inclusive of the exercise participants and exercise control and logistics functions. This series included forces from the New Zealand, Canadian, United Kingdom and Japanese Defence Forces, and was conducted between the localities of Townsville and Rockhampton, in addition to the Coral Sea and parts of the Great Barrier Reef.

For more information and to stay up-to-date with the biannual exercises, visit the Department of Defence’s website. 

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