Cairns case for De­fence

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The Cairns Post - - NEWS - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­cia.nally@news.com.au

SEV­ERAL Cairns small busi­nesses could be given the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from the $5 bil­lion Land 400 Phase 2 con­tract awarded to Queens­land-based ar­moured per­son­nel car­rier man­u­fac­turer Rhein­metall De­fence Aus­tralia.

Cairns’s Red­cat In­dus­tries was one of the big win­ners in the an­nounce­ment made yes­ter­day about the build­ing of 280 new Boxer 280 com­bat re­con­nais­sance ve­hi­cles.

The busi­ness man­u­fac­tures an in­ter­na­tion­ally-patented, Aus­tralian-de­signed and -man­u­fac­tured, loose-wheel in­di­ca­tor re­strainer sys­tem.

Man­ager Ron Ma­son will at­tend an event to­day in Bris­bane with State Govern­ment and RDA rep­re­sen­ta­tives to cel­e­brate se­cur­ing the con­tract.

“Cur­rently, Red­cat pro­vides around 70,000 wheel safety de­vices to De­fence for medium to heavy ve­hi­cles,” Mr Ma­son said.

“Although Land 121 Phase 3b calls for 2700 new ve­hi­cles, in to­tal we are look­ing at around 5000 new ve­hi­cles, so we have a long way to go.

“We are ad­vo­cat­ing a com­plete roll­out across the en­tire Aus­tralian de­fence in­dus­try to in­clude G Wagons, Bush­mas­ters and Hawkeyes as well as an­cil­lary units. In our con­cept, by vis­ually iden­ti­fy­ing the loose wheel and then stop­ping it from loos­en­ing fur­ther, you dra­mat­i­cally in­crease the op­por­tu­nity for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and res­o­lu­tion, im­prov­ing safety and ef­fi­ciency. No one wants to see a de­fence ve­hi­cle with our troops on board lose a wheel while un­der fire.”

Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch said many Cairns busi­nesses served the navy and he en­cour­aged own­ers to talk to RDA about what they could of­fer.

“They will be look­ing for other sup­pli­ers so there is an­other op­por­tu­nity there for small busi­nesses,” he said.

“One of the good things about this was every­body singing from the same hymn book.”

Cairns MP Michael Healy said Red­cat In­dus­tries was one of four Queens­land busi­nesses work­ing with RDA.

“This means more work for Cairns lo­cals and more high­skill jobs in the lo­cal com­mu­nity for years to come,” he said.

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

AD­VO­CACY AP­PRE­CI­ATED: Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch meets pop su­per­star Cher at the Syd­ney Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras.

REAL DEAL: Red­cat In­dus­tries man­ager Ron Ma­son has wel­comed the con­tract.

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