The local community is flying high after a report by KPMG found the Government’s commitment to the RAAF Base Amberley will create almost 7000 jobs by 2020 and inject $1.2 billion into the Queensland economy.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz welcomed the report and the positive effects of the RAAF Base Amberley in the local community.
“Our local community benefits significantly from the nearby Amberley Airbase with 2800 local jobs expected to be created between 2015 and 2020 and boost the local economy,” Mr Buchholz said.
“My recent visit to the RAAF Base Amberley gave me a greater appreciation of its importance for our local community.”
“We have an active defence community in our electorate with many locals working at the Airbase, serving in our Defence Force Reserves and several veterans support services available to locals.”
RAAF Base Amberley is Australia’s largest base, employing over 5000 people. A large number of units call Amberley home, including some of the 72 Joint Strike Fighters which will be stationed in Australia from 2018.
Mr Buchholz said the Coalition Government is ensuring that Australia’s national security is provided for in a way that will also deliver economic security for the local community.
“We are committed to the defence industry, the RAAF Base Amberley and the local community,” Mr Buchholz said.
The Economic Contribution of RAAF Base Amberley report is available at: www.defence.gov.au/id/economics.asp.