De­fence jobs in Govt push

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The De­part­ment of De­fence is bring­ing its De­fence In­dus­try Fu­ture Frigates and Off­shore Pa­trol Ves­sels Road­show to Ger­ald­ton next month.

Co-hosted by Fed­eral Mem­ber for Du­rack Melissa Price the work­shop will pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties and jobs within the de­fence in­dus­try sup­ply chain.

This show will be one of only two regional WA stops and pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for busi­nesses sup­port­ing the min­ing sec­tor to learn about new op­por­tu­ni­ties in the grow­ing in­dus­try.

Ms Price said regional busi­nesses were en­cour­aged to at­tend to learn how busi­nesses in regional WA could be a part of this mas­sive Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive.

“The Naval Ship Build­ing and Sub­ma­rine Up­grad­ing Pro­gram is part of the ex­pected $190 bil­lion the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will be spend­ing on de­fence over the next decade,” Ms Price said.

“We have a lot of very skilled en­gi­neers, elec­tri­cians, fab­ri­ca­tors and other trades in regional WA who should be se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer in the de­fence in­dus­try.

“Th­ese de­fence con­tracts will re­quire a huge in­put from regional Aus­tralia, where the ship­builders will need to source a va­ri­ety of their skilled labour, en­gi­neer­ing ex­per­tise, and other sub-con­trac­tors.”

Ms Price said she wants regional WA to be the cen­tre­piece of the road­show.

“The op­por­tu­nity for lon­glast­ing, sus­tain­able jobs for the re­gions in a post-min­ing boom era could come from a move into the de­fence in­dus­try,” Ms Price said.

“I want to en­sure that regional WA does not miss out on de­fence in­dus­try con­tracts and, ul­ti­mately, jobs.

“I would en­cour­age any­one who is in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the road­show to con­tact my of­fice as soon as pos­si­ble.”

The road­show will be held in Ger­ald­ton on April 11 at a venue that is yet to be de­ter­mined.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Ms Price’s of­fice on 9964 2195, or email Ms Price at melissa.price.mp@aph.gov.au.

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