Land deal signed off for training facilities
The leasing arrangements for land at Greenvale and Shoalwater Bay have been finalised – paving the way for the government to create almost 600 new jobs, said Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
After nearly four years of negotiations with the Australian Government, the Queensland Government had finally secured the land required to deliver a training base in North Queensland, Resources Minister Scott Stewart said.
“The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative will bring up to 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces personnel to Queensland every year for 25 years, training for 18 weeks each time and spending money in our local communities while they do,” he said.
"Construction of the Greenvale facility will provide a boost of over $36 million to the North Queensland economy every year of its operation, providing good, secure local jobs that will drive the Palaszczuk Government's COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan."
He said work would now proceed transforming the sites into state-of-the-art training facilities that would help hone soldiers’ skills as part of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative.
“This complex land project sets the foundations for long-lasting economic benefits, which will continue to serve Queenslanders for generations to come,” Mr Stewart said.
“The 302,000a Greenvale site will be developed into an advanced Military Training Area 200km north-west of Townsville.
“This milestone is the culmination of extensive consultation and planning between the Australian Department of Defence, the Palaszczuk Government, traditional owners of the land, land holders, and local councils.
“More than 70 land tenure dealings have been processed to support the initiative.
“It will bring around 590 new jobs during development and up to 150 permanent jobs across Queensland when the facilities are operational.”
A Department of Defence spokesperson said under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative, Singapore will invest in Australia’s development and enhancement of training areas to meet the future needs of the Australian Defence Force and support an increased presence of Singapore Armed Forces personnel training in Australia.
“Defence is committed to implementing the Initiative in a way that enhances the economic benefits for communities and provides opportunities for local industries in North and Central Queensland across the life of the Initiative.”
Construction of the Greenvale facility is projected to commence mid-2022.