ADF operations to expand in regional Queensland
THE defence force's operations and investment in regional Queensland is set to grow in coming years.
Speaking at the Major Projects Conference in Brisbane, a spokesman for the Queensland department responsible for state development and infrastructure said the State Government was expecting defence force operations in regional Queensland to increase.
He said Shoalwater Bay in Central Queensland could expect greater training exercises, while Amberley air base outside Ipswich was also expected to continue to expand.
The conference heard defence continues to be one of Queensland's largest infrastructure projects.
Amberley RAAF base will increase to 5000 troops by 2022, and Canungra is expected to see investment.
"There's been growth at Amberley and there'll be further growth at Amberley," he said.
"It's expected there'll be an increase in training in Shoalwater Bay and in activity in that area."
The importance of the defence industry to the Queensland economy was highlighted.
"Defence in itself is a major project. It's a big player in the state. It's significant and it's going to be ongoing."
Last month Premier Campbell Newman announced he would be lobbying for the defence force to increase its presence in regional areas.
He made the comments during the release of the Queensland Plan, the state's 30-year vision, which includes a plan to double to population in the regions.
The department spokesperson said he had no knowledge of defence force plans to move troops into the regions.
Brisbane will host Australia's biggest land defence exhibition the Land Forces Conference next week.
The conference is expected to attract a number of foreign defence heads and includes a function hosted by Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison.
- APN NEWSDESK