CPB Contractors has been appointed to deliver the first phase of works for a new Defence training area near Greenvale, with hundreds of jobs expected to flow.
Upon the successful completion of the development phase of the $23.5 million contract, CPB Contractors would then be engaged to deliver $800 million in facilities under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI), the Federal Government said.
The project’s construction workforce is expected to peak at 350 workers, as part of the Greenvale Training Area’s major works.
Design work will commence in early 2021 and construction of the ASMTI facilities is scheduled to be completed in late 2027.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the contract marked a significant milestone for the ASMTI.
“These advanced training areas being delivered under the ASMTI will benefit the ADF and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF), while enhancing our bilateral relationship and providing significant local economic opportunities for North Queensland,” Senator Reynolds said.
“When this initiative reaches maturity, up to 14,000 SAF personnel will conduct training in Central and North Queensland for up to 18-weeks-a-year for 25 years, which will provide enduring economic benefits to the region.
“This initiative will be key to bolstering growth and supporting local jobs in North Queensland as the economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The ASMTI will see a total of about $2.25 billion in work roll out in North Queensland and at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Central Queensland, where Laing O’Rourke is managing contractor for ASMTI facilities project works.
Herbert MP Phillip Thompson said the Greenvale works would provide a much-needed economic boost for the Townsville region.
“This news comes at such an important time as the local economy continues to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Thompson said.
“CPB Contractors will soon begin engaging with local industry, with initial design for works commencing early next year.
“I encourage local businesses to be ready to benefit from the opportunities this initiative will provide.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said CPB Contractors had committed to sourcing about 90 per cent of work from the North Queensland region surrounding the proposed training area.
“This is a massive investment that will ensure local business can take advantage of the opportunities arising from construction of the new Defence training area,” she said.
“CPB Contractors has also committed to sourcing four per cent of the contracted price from Indigenous enterprises and at least four per cent of the full-time workforce from Indigenous Australians.”
Construction of the major project works is due to commence in mid-2022.
Additional early works packages to be delivered between 2020 and 2022 will include fencing and signage, contamination remediation, and construction of firebreaks. These packages will range in value from $50,000 to $4 million.
* Contractors who have the capacity and capability to deliver early works in Greenvale are invited to download and complete a Market Sounding Information Response form via the Austender website: www.Austender.gov.au.