Defence Projects – Local Businesses to benefit from CDIC Mentoring Program

In excess of $1.2Billion is to be invested within Shoalwater Bay Military training Area over two separate Infrastructure projects, with Capricorn Enterprise enlisting the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) to support local business. Next week (Tuesday 15th May to Thursday 17th May), the CDIC will work with a selection of larger civil, construction and manufacturing businesses operating in both Rockhampton and Livingstone Council areas to pre-qualify for Defence work-packages.

The initial phase of the CDIC mentoring program will commence next week (Tuesday – Thursday) and centre on Commonwealth Defence pre-qualification requirements.

Capricorn Enterprise Economic Development Manager Neil Lethlean is working closely with local and regional businesses to ensure that the region capitalises on the “Defence spend” within Shoalwater Bay. The Shoalwater Bay Project (>$130M) is about to commence under the Project Management of the F.K. GARDNER/DOWNER EDI WORKS (Joint Venture).

Mr Lethlean reports, “Whilst the Remediation Project will attract a local participation spend (Rockhampton/Livingstone LGAs) of 80%, it is imperative that local industry interested in engaging in Defence projects appropriately register their businesses intentions early,” adding, “History confirms that on occasions regional businesses have witnessed ‘missed opportunities’,  so it is imperative that a pro-active engagement strategy be implemented to maximise economic benefit (inclusive of profitability and business growth).”

Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative

Last week  Defence Minister The Hon Marise Payne MP announced that five Tier 1/Defence Primes had been pre-selected to Tender for the $1 Billion Australia Singapore Military Training Initiative:

  • CIVMEC/SEMBCORP (Joint Venture)
  • FULTON HOGAN/DECMIL (Joint Venture)

Mr Lethlean states, “It is imperative that regional industry work closely with all bidding contractors to not only demonstrate our regional industry capability, but maximise local participation across all regional projects including the massive spend proposed for the Capricorn and Bruce Highways and other infrastructure projects proposed for the area.”

Businesses wishing to engage further in Defence Projects are invited to contact Neil Lethlean for contact details or related information by phone (07) 4927 2055 or email

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