ADF to beef up role in North

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY GAL­LOWAY an­thony. gal­loway@ news. com. au

THE Aus­tralian De­fence Force will in­crease its pres­ence in North­ern Aus­tralia, pro­vid­ing a boost to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the re­gion.

That was the mes­sage from the Depart­ment of De­fence’s US Force Ini­tia­tives pro­gram man­ager Air Com­modore Anker Broder­son at the De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia Con­fer­ence in Townsville yesterday.

The con­fer­ence also heard from Austrade’s Grame Barty, who said North­ern Aus­tralia could pro­vide more food and energy to an ur­ban­is­ing Asia, but it needed to in­vest in the tech­nol­ogy and re­search to make it hap­pen.

Air Com­modore Broder­sen said the up­com­ing De­fence White Pa­per would con­tain spe­cific com­mit­ments to in­crease the ADF’s pres­ence in North­ern Aus­tralia.

“De­fence will al­ways need to have a sig­nif­i­cant pres­ence in North­ern Aus­tralia, ( and this) will and should have a pos­i­tive eco­nomic im­pact,” he said.

“The White Pa­per will be a crit­i­cal doc­u­ment to read and un­der­stand. It will have sig­nif­i­cant and strate­gic over­lap with the North­ern Aus­tralia White Pa­per.”

Air Com­modore Broder­sen said as the ADF in­creased its ca­pa­bil­ity in North­ern Aus­tralia there would be in­creased op­por­tu­ni­ties to part­ner with lo­cal busi­nesses and gov­ern­ments.

He said the ADF needed to en­sure it didn’t com­pro­mise its ca­pa­bil­ity or se­cu­rity by co- in­vest­ing with other or­gan­i­sa­tions, but pointed to the de­vel­op­ment of the Port of Townsville’s Berth 10 as a key pro­ject where it made sense to part­ner with the State Gov­ern­ment and the port.

“We will con­tinue to con­sider co- in­vest­ment on a caseby- case ba­sis,” he said.

Mr Barty, act­ing ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Oper­a­tions Group at Austrade, said Aus­tralia needed to in­vest in science and en­gi­neer­ing to work out how to bet­ter take ad­van­tage of the North’s vast land and wa­ter re­sources.

“Aus­tralia’s north, just like Cal­i­for­nia’s desert, is not so much a land and wa­ter is­sue but a science and en­gi­neer­ing is­sue,” he said.

About 250 del­e­gates are at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence in Townsville over two days, hear­ing from po­lit­i­cal, busi­ness and aca­demic lead­ers from across the coun­try.

The con­fer­ence is be­ing held by the As­so­ci­a­tion for Sus­tain­abil­ity in Busi­ness Inc.

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