Mayor Jenny Hill has welcomed the announcement that Townsville will be home to the Singaporean Army detachment as part of the Australia-Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI).

Cr Hill said having the detachment in Townsville would be a boon for the city and region.

“This is great news for Townsville and our region. We are a proud garrison city and having the Singaporean detachment based here will further enhance the reputation of our region internationally,” Cr Hill said.

“It will also strongly contribute to our region’s economy, with Singapore expected to inject around $1 billion into the Townsville region over the next 25 years.

“This means more jobs for locals and opportunities for local businesses to become suppliers to the Singaporean armed forced.”

When the ASMTI reaches maturity, up to 14,000 Singapore Armed Forces personnel will conduct training in North and Central Queensland over 18 weeks each year over 25 years.

A new defence forces training area is being developed at Greenvale, about 250 kilometres north-west of Townsville.

“In addition to the direct investment ASMTI will deliver to North Queensland, we have the ability to create networks with the Singaporeans that may lead to other opportunities,” Cr Hill said.

“Many high-ranking business leaders in Singapore are also involved in their army reserves.

“Having them in Townsville and North Queensland gives us an opportunity to showcase everything we offer.”