De­fence in­dus­try’s big fu­ture

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.

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