The Townsville economy will get a direct $126.5 million injection from Commonwealth defence and research spending, following the recommendation for Parliamentary approval of projects at Lavarack Barracks and the Australian institute of Marine Science by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works (PWC).

PWC Chair, Senator Jan McLucas, said the committee was pleased to support such significant infrastructure investment in vital industries in Townsville, against a backdrop of rising demand for workers in the region.

The projects were dealt with in PWC reports tabled by Senator McLucas in the Senate last night (Monday).

“The Committee is pleased to support such a significant infrastructure investment in regional Australia,’ Senator McLucas said.

“Townsville is in a good position with the economy on the upswing.

“Demand for workers is increasing and stimulus spending will roll out over the coming 12 months.

“With the injection of this spending for research and defence infrastructure Townsville is well positioned to take advantage of the coming economic recovery.”

The $49.5 million Tropical Marine Research Facilities at AIMS includes a number of elements, at Cape Ferguson as well as at the Port of Townsville, which will all enable AIMS to continue its important marine science and climate change research.