$800M of work opportunities on offer to the Gladstone resource and construction industry

THE Gladstone Engineering Alliance (GEA) are at the forefront of resource industry work opportunities in central Queensland with the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) Managing Contractor Laing O’Rourke presenting tender/procurement initiatives at their Industry Update on Thursday, December 6.

GEA Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Gelder said Laing O’Rourke has signed the contract to develop a unique international defence project in the central Queensland region valued in the order of $800M.

“The Laing O’Rourke presentation will provide information on the project activities including work packages available and an update on the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) Remediation Project,” Ms Gelder said.

“The construction work, to commence by the end of 2019, will bring significant economic opportunities to the region, create local jobs and investment, and most of all support the local resource and construction industry with work opportunities.”

Injecting up to $800 million into the regional economy, the Project will deliver enhanced military training areas to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) while fostering Australia’s close relationship with the Singaporean Armed Forces (SAF).

The ASMTI project will see new facilities and upgraded infrastructure at the SWBTA, 80 kilometres north of Rockhampton. The SWBTA is one of Australia's key training areas for the conduct of domestic and international defence training.

Ms Gelder added the initiative will see $2.25bn invested in central and north Queensland, with a strong focus on local industry participation, for lasting and tangible benefits to regional jobs, skills and the economy.

The GEA December Industry Update will be held at the Yaralla Sports Centre on Thursday, December 6 from 7am.  For registration go to gea.asn.au, click on this link or phone the GEA on 4972 9060.

Pictures: The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative is expected to bring in approximately $800M of procurement opportunities to central Qld.

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