New pilot program worth millions to CQ businesses – Australia News

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CENTRAL Queensland’s business owners will have a unique opportunity to be part of a pilot program allowing them to cash in on rich defence infrastructure projects.

The Federal Government has announced the Local Industry Capability Plan of which the framework will be piloted by three projects going to market in the next few months including the $135 Million Shoalwater Bay Training Area Redevelopment, a substantial infrastructure upgrade to support a range of new land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry today welcomed the breakthrough to assist local industries and businesses.

“I cannot stress enough how important it is for local businesses wanting to contract to the military to get prepared by working through Managing Contractors, or Primes as they are sometimes called,” she said.

The pilot program follows submissions made at a July Senate enquiry in Rockhampton where issues faced by businesses attempting to secure military contracts were raised during a session on the Impact of Military Training Activities in Regional and Rural areas.

Livingstone Shire Council’s director of strategic growth and development Debra Howe told the enquiry the roadblock for contracts involved the inability of CQ businesses to meet the ADF Tier 1 and 2 business level set out in the criteria.

But Ms Landry said the new pilot program would ensure local businesses were included.

“Under the program, tenderers bidding for major capital facilities projects will have to state clearly how they have engaged with local industry in providing their tendered solution, and how local industry will specifically be involved in delivering the work packages that…

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