MPs Join Forces on Bids; Wide Bay Fights for Its Boom Share

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MPs Join Forces on Bids; Wide Bay Fights for Its Boom Share


Byline: Arthur Gorrie arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

GYMPIE's Wide Bay region will be in the running for a major industrial boost if Queensland succeeds in its bid for possibly Australia's largest ever defence manufacturing contract.

Wide Bay MP Llew O'Brien yesterday confirmed all Queensland Coalition MPs had united to try to beat Victoria's bid for the contracts, which involve government spending of up to $5billion on 225 state-of-the-art armoured combat reconnaissance and fighting vehicles.

That would mean supply chain and maintenance work for local manufacturers for about 30 years, The Courier-Mail reported.

One of the Queensland MPs, Cabinet minister Peter Dutton, said the contracts added up to a "mining boom equivalent", with "thousands of jobs and billions in revenue."

Phase three, expected to go to the winners of the phase two contracts, will involve another 450 infantry fighting vehicles and 17 manoeuvre support vehicles, worth up to $15billion. …

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