Soldiers spend millions in CQ

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

ARMED forces personnel have in- jected close to $1 million into Glad- stone's economy, according to a study released yesterday.

According to the joint Central Queensland University and Defence Department study, troops deployed through our port travelling to exer- cises in Shoalwater Bay in 2003 spent $52.8 million in Central Queensland.

Defence department spokesperson Paul Watson said United States Ma- rines were the biggest spenders, lo- cal retailers taking $650,000 of their wages on adult entertainment, ac- commodation, food, alcohol and shopping.

The Americans didn't elaborate on what kinds of adult entertainment they used.

The Singaporeans were the next biggest money spinners, parting with $250,000 on accommodation, shopping, food and general activ- ities.

Aussies were by far the most fru- gal, but still spent $20,000 on similar things.

"We wanted to also get an understanding of social impacts so we asked the three professors involved to gauge community reaction as well,'' Mr Watson said.

"There were issues of noise and traffic congestion but most placed minor importance on those negative impacts.



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