Singapore is one of Australia’s longest standing Defence partners in South East Asia and shares our interests for the region. In 2015, Australia and Singapore signed a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) which facilitates further collaboration between the two countries in the long term.
The Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) is a key element of the CSP, providing Australia with the opportunity to expand its defence capability and further develop its relationship with Singapore. The initiative builds upon more than 30 years of Singapore undergoing military training in Australia and will see long term economic benefits for both Central and North Queensland.
As part of the ASMTI, Singapore will invest in the development and expansion of training areas in Australia providing mutual benefits for both countries. The increased capacity at Australian training facilities not only also sets the Australian Defence Force up for the future, but also allows for more members of the Singapore Armed Forces to undergo training in Australia.
The ASMTI project focusses on two key training areas: Shoalwater Bay and Greenvale. Located in Central Queensland, Shoalwater Bay is an existing training area located approximately 100 kilometres North of Rockhampton. Under the ASMTI, the Shoalwater Bay training area will undergo an expansion of 110,000 hectares. In addition, a new training facility located near Greenvale in North Queensland is being designed on 310,000 hectares of newly acquired land.
Currently scheduled for completion in 2028, the two training areas will host up to 14,000 members of the Singapore Armed Forces to conduct training for up to 18 weeks a year for 25 years. CV is proud to be working on the Shoalwater Bay training area as part of the ASMTI and to be able to contribute to a significant project for the Australian Defence Force that will further enhance the relationship between Australia and Singapore.