Shoalwater Bay Defence Projects a Major Impetus for Regional Business

Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area Remediation Project

April 30th 2018 will long be acknowledged as a significant date for local industry with the announcement by Federal Defence Minister The Hon Marise Payne MP that the Shoalwater Bay Remediation Project (>$130M) will contain a minimum local content component (Rockhampton and Livingstone LGAs) of eighty per cent (80%) of the capital infrastructure spend.

Immediately following this announcement Capricorn Enterprise commenced liaison with the appointed Remediation Project Tier 1 Contractors, Downer/FKG (joint venture), providing support and business/industry introductions to ensure that a comprehensive matrix demonstrating local industry capability is assembled for the project.

Acknowledging that the Remediation Project is a design and construct contract, with a 2.5 year completion timeframe, Capricorn Enterprise is working closely with local industry to guide their involvement in Defence projects.  Capricorn Enterprise Economic Development Manager Neil Lethlean has confirmed that the first stage of their industry support strategy will commence mid May via the involvement of the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) who will be conducting a series of one-on-one mentoring sessions with a selection of larger construction, civil, manufacturing and specialist consulting firms keen to engage in commonwealth and defence projects. This mentoring program will continue in association with Downer/FKG.

Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI)

In association with the Remediation Project announcement Minister Payne also confirmed the selection of five Prime Defence Contractors to submit final Tenders for the ASMTI which are due to close on June 5th 2018. The selected Contractors are:

  • Sembcorp/Civmec JV;
  • Fulton Hogan/Decmil JV;
  • LendLease;
  • Laing O’Rourke; and
  • Downer/CPB JV.

Following Minister Payne’s announcements on both the Remediation and ASMTI Projects, a Construction Industry Networking Event, attended by in excess of 130 regional industry representatives, was held on Tuesday May 1st. This allowed representatives to introduce their business, and their special capabilities, to the above listed Contractors.

For more information go to: or contact

Neil Lethlean, Economic Development Manager, email:

Phone (07) 4927 2055

 Attendees at ASMTI networking

 L-R: Mick Reilly, Business and Community Liaison, ASMTI; Michelle Landry MP, Member for Capricornia; Sean Hawkins, Director, ASMTI


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