Australian Shoalwater Bay Training Area Moves Ahead


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Major construction works have commenced for the planned expansion of Australia’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area (SWBTA) located in Central Queensland.

As part of the expanded SWBTA, which is being undertaken under the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI), construction of urban operations training facilities, information and communication technology infrastructure are now underway. The expanded SWBTA is expected to be fully complete by 2027.

“Singapore is a close defence partner with a shared commitment to regional stability, having conducted military training in Australia for almost 30 years,” Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said in a statement. “It will also establish a new training area near Greenvale in North Queensland to help meet the future needs of both the Australian Defence Force and Singapore Armed Forces.”

The Australian Government will own and manage both training areas, whose expansion and development will meet not only the future training needs of the Australian Defence Forces but also that of Singapore military personnel.