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For the Australian Defence Force to safely and sustainably conduct battle preparedness Defence will have to expand its training areas. This remains true irrespective of Singapore’s use of Australian facilities.
The development of an amphibious capability has placed greater demands on Australia’s existing amphibious training facilities, which is not sustainable in the long-term. The restructure and mechanisation of Army’s Brigades, and the incoming fleet of armoured fighting vehicles have increased the required training area to enable the ADF to undertake sufficient levels of high-intensity combat readiness, safely and sustainably.
On 7 February 2017, the then Minister for Defence Marise Payne announced that Defence will only purchase land from willing sellers in support of the Australia–Singapore Military Training Initiative.
This announcement does not affect the implementation of the agreement to increase the training of the Singapore Armed Forces in these two regions.
In determining whether a property was required to establish a viable training area Defence examined a number of factors including:
Defence is not looking to expand the existing Townsville Field Training Area in support of this Initiative.
Defence is committed to the responsible stewardship of its estate and complies with all relevant legislation and regulations, including the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
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