The region has played a strategic role in the successful delivery of defence training exercises for decades working in collaboration with Australia, America and the Singaporean Forces to provide logistical support; suitable skilled labour; storage; maintenance and distribution of supplies and expansion opportunities. Home to one of the ADF’s largest training areas, Shoalwater Bay Training area hosts Australian and international defence force exercises, with in excess of 30,000 troops deployed through the region at any time.

Rockhampton already plays and integral role in defence exercises and with strategic refinements currently being considered by the Australian Defence Force, the region has the potential to facilitate an increased military presence. Investment opportunities exist to improve airport loading bays and parking, and extend the apron areas.