Defence industry’s big future
THE North Queensland Defence Advisory Board met in Townsville for the first time this week to discuss the multimillion- dollar future of the defence industry in the region.
The eight- person board includes experts in marine, defence, transport and university sectors.
Board chair Ranee Crosby said North Queensland had many benefits that provided an “incredibly competitive edge” in building defence capacity.
“North Queensland has strategic advantages such as its world- class sea and air ports, proximity to global markets such as the Asia- Pacific, and well- established defence assets and facilities,” she said.
“The region has a strong base of skill and growing interest in the defence industry which provides opportunity to access some of the Federal Government’s almost $ 200 billion defence investment spend over the next 10 years, with some priorities capable of being serviced and sustained by businesses in North Queensland.”
State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the meeting brought together industry leaders to provide strategic advice to the Government about growing North Queensland’s defence industry and supply chain.