AREA UPGRADE: The Shoalwater Bay Training Area Remediation Project will remediate selected elements of the facilities and engineering infrastructure within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area to ensure its environmental sustainability is commensurate with introducing new capabilities to the Australian Defence Force.
AREA UPGRADE: The Shoalwater Bay Training Area Remediation Project will remediate selected elements of the facilities and engineering infrastructure within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area to ensure its environmental sustainability is commensurate with introducing new capabilities to the Australian Defence Force.

Hundreds of jobs as firm snaps up $70M Shoalwater contract

DELIVERING hundreds of jobs and $70 million worth of opportunities for Central Queensland businesses, ­critical upgrades to one of ­Australia's most significant military training areas will get underway within months.

Minister for Defence ­Industry Melissa Price and Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry announced a joint venture between Downer EDI Works Pty Ltd and FK Gardner and Sons Pty Ltd (Downer/FKG JV) had been awarded a $125 million contract for the delivery of the Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) Remediation Project.

"The upgrades will enable our soldiers to train more effectively, support new military capabilities and minimise the impact of training activities on the surrounding environment," Ms Price said.

"The project will provide an economic boost to regional Queensland with Downer/FKG JV aiming for 80 per cent of the total subcontractor trade packages to go to businesses in and around the regional centres of Mackay, Gladstone, Emerald and Rockhampton."

Ms Landry said the project's construction workforce would peak at 220 people, and 59 subcontractor trade packages totalling more than $70 million would be offered to local industry over the life of the project.

MILITARY ANNOUNCEMENT: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry (left), Singapore Army's C.L. Ho, Brigadier Mark Brewer (centre), Managing Director Cathal O'Rourke and Assistant Minister for Defence Senator David Fawcett announced Laing O'Rourke as the managing contractor for the Shoalwater Bay training facility upgrade last year.
MILITARY ANNOUNCEMENT: Capricornia MP Michelle Landry (left), Singapore Army's C.L. Ho, Brigadier Mark Brewer (centre), Managing Director Cathal O'Rourke and Assistant Minister for Defence Senator David Fawcett announced Laing O'Rourke as the managing contractor for the Shoalwater Bay training facility upgrade last year.

"Downer/FKG JV has also pledged that at least three per cent of the workforce will be made up of indigenous ­Australians, with two per cent of the contract price to be ­subcontracted to indigenous enterprises," Ms Landry said.

"We're ensuring - through our government's defence ­procurement policies - that it is always the local community that benefits from major ­projects like these."

The project includes an upgraded training facility, field hospital site, campsite and airfield and the remediation of internal roads, creek crossings and a beach landing site.

Downer/FKG JV was previously engaged to develop the project's design.

SWBTA is located about 80 kilometres north of ­Rockhampton and is the ­Australian Defence Force's primary training area for the conduct of large-scale, joint-force military training exercises, including Exercise Talisman Sabre.

Construction on the project was expected to commence in May of this year and is anticipated to be complete by mid-2022.


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