Since the 1960s, Shoalwater Bay has played a vital role in Australian and international military training. Now, Laing O’Rourke’s experience is bringing a powerful upgrade.Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Facilities Project
- Project Name Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Facilities Project
- Client Department of Defence
- Location Shoalwater Bay Training Area, Queensland
- Status Completion 2024
Since mid 1965, over 4500km² of the Shoalwater Bay region, north of Rockhampton, Queensland, has served as a military training area. It was first used by troops that were deployed to serve in the Vietnam War. It has played an important role in military training of Australian and international forces ever since.
By the end of 2026, 14,000 Singaporean personnel will spend 18 weeks annually in the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. Laing O’Rourke, as the managing contractor, is utilising its global experience in construction to lead the project, including the construction of new facilities and the upgrading of current infrastructure.
An investment in security
The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative Facilities Project will see $2.25 billion invested in Central and North Queensland. This includes a strong focus on local industry participation for lasting and tangible benefits for regional jobs, skills and the economy.
A key initiative of a comprehensive strategic security partnership, the project represents a strengthening of Australia’s bilateral defence relationship with Singapore.
The Shoalwater Bay Training Area is one of Australia’s most important Defence training areas, and its expansion will not only deepen our Defence relationship with Singapore but also support economic growth in the region.