Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill has welcomed the city’s selection as preferred location for a new storage and maintenance facility to support Singapore Armed Forces training in Australia.

The Department of Defence plans to develop a detailed business case for the project, with the outcome expected in 2022.

Cr Hill said having the detachment in Townsville would be a boon for the city and region.

“We are a proud garrison city and having the Singaporean detachment based here will further enhance the reputation of our region internationally,” Cr Hill said.

“It will also strongly contribute to our region’s economy, with Singapore expected to inject around $1 billion into the Townsville region over the next 25 years.

“This means more jobs for locals and opportunities for local businesses to become suppliers to the Singaporean armed forced.

“Council will now work with the Department of Defence on its business case, showcasing everything our city and region has to offer.”

The new storage and maintenance facility is part of the broader Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative, set to deliver $2.25 billion in work including development and upgrading of training areas in the Shoalwater Bay area in Central Queensland and Greenvale in North Queensland.

CPB Contractors has been appointed managing contractor for the Greenvale Training Area works, expected to employ a workforce of about 350 at the peak of construction.

Last week it opened tender submissions for design consultants for that project.

Construction is expected to start in mid-2022 and the project is scheduled for completion in late 2027.

Cr Hill said that, in addition to the direct investment ASMTI would deliver to North Queensland, it would help create networks with the Singaporeans that may lead to other opportunities.

“Many high-ranking business leaders in Singapore are also involved in their army reserves,” she said.

“Having them in Townsville and North Queensland gives us an opportunity to showcase everything we offer.”