Though Singapore is hardly a large area - just under 700 square kilometres - the city-state's army currently has a training area six times the size of itself in Australia. Even though you may believe that such a facility is of ample size for such a small country, an agreement has been put into place to build an even bigger one in Townsville, Queensland. When finished, it is estimated that the military training base will be 10 times the size of Singapore - and several hundred construction workers will be needed to build it.
The facility is set to be financed as a joint operation by both Singapore and Australia, beginning in 2019. The base will act as a counterpart to the existing Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Rockhampton, where the Singapore Armed Forces have trained for over 25 years. Even though work on the new base will not begin for another three years or so, it gives those looking to work on it ample time to build the experience needed - and gain the qualifications necessary.
Even though work on the new base will not begin for another three years or so, it gives those looking to work on it ample time to gain the qualifications necessary.
Ready for battle
The Townsville facility will incorporate the means for all manner of different training purposes, with Singapore committing some S$2.5 billion to the ambitious project over the next 25 years.
"You can use it for tanks, you can use it for artillery, you can use it for armoured infantry, you can use it for the guards, special forces, as well as joint exercise - which means that you can use it for helicopter strikes, for strikes from fighter aircraft," said Singapore Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen.
"So obviously, it's a very rare piece of training ground where you can do all that, with enough size and distances for our armoured vehicles, for our mechanised and motorised brigades," Dr Ng continued.
Though the Singaporean government will be responsible for financing the project, it's Australia that will come up with the design and development of the area, which Channel News Asia reports could take up to two years from now. Additionally, whilst the area is being developed, businesses around the Townsville region will enjoy a boon that will come with the extra money being poured into the local economy.
Construction workers, planners, delegates, as well as the soldiers themselves will bring a steady stream of income to Townsville, so it's hardly surprising that the city's residents are looking forward to the coming development.
"We've met with some of the business leaders and the town leaders, and I think it's a very good start. We understand this is a long road, but nevertheless, I think there's enormous goodwill, and I hope that this tone will continue," said Dr Ng.
"I think this is a very historic Memorandum of Understanding that will pave the way for very strong relations between Australia and Singapore, and between us Singaporeans and the people of Townsville," he concluded.
Army of builders
So, with three years until construction of the facility begins, what better time to improve your chances of working on this exciting new development with a formal qualification from Capital Training Institute? We have a broad range of building and construction courses to choose from, each of them tailored towards the many facets of the industry. The flagship Certificate IV in Building and Construction is a must for those looking to take the next step up the career ladder, and you could also opt for something a little more specialised, such as the Certificate III in Carpentry.
Whichever course you choose, you can be sure than when you take it at a quality, accredited provider like CTI, you'll be moving your name to the front of the queue when it comes to applying for work - and the new military facility at Townsville is set to be one sweet gig!