Sage ad­vice for de­fence con­tracts

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana busi­nesses were given in­sight­ful in­for­ma­tion on how they can win de­fence con­tracts at a wellat­tended so­cial func­tion last week.

The Rock­ing­ham and Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted their Busi­ness Lead­ers’ Break­fast at The Cruis­ing Yacht Club of WA last Tues­day morn­ing.

Hosted with the back­ing of the City of Rock­ing­ham, a num­ber of speak­ers told the crowd about the ten­der­ing process of win­ning work at HMAS Stir­ling and other de­fence sites in the region.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Jonathon Mead made the trip from Can­berra to brief the busi­ness group­ing and said that Stir­ling was crit­i­cal in na­tional think­ing and only set to grow.

Other speak­ers in­cluded Stir­ling base sup­port man­ager David Mar­shall, Broad­spec­trum site man­ager Phil Dar­ling and Augility project man­ager Marnie O’Don­nell.

RKCC chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Solin said the break­fast was one of the best the or­gan­i­sa­tion had hosted.

“Key speak­ers from de­fence and in­dus­try gave in­for­ma­tive and in­sight­ful brief­ings to more than 100 guests from the lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, on the po­ten­tial op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able in the up­com­ing round of de­fence spend­ing at Stir­ling Naval Base,” he said.

“RKCC and other key stake­hold­ers in the lo­cal busi­ness region were im­pressed by the level of co­op­er­a­tion and in­for­ma­tion that was pro­vided by all par­ties from the de­fence sec­tor.”

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said it was an ex­cit­ing time to be as­so­ci­ated with the navy.

“The City of Rock­ing­ham is ideally sit­u­ated ad­ja­cent to the largest naval base in Aus­tralia, and it’s only go­ing to get big­ger as the num­ber and ton­nages of ves­sels sta­tioned there in­crease,” he said.

“With our prox­im­ity to the base, and the Western Trade Coast and the ship­build­ing fa­cil­i­ties of Hen­der­son, there’s no bet­ter place for busi­nesses to in­vest in their de­fence-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties than right here.”

Pic­tures: Peter Les­celle

The Aus­tralian In­dus­try and De­fence Net­work's Serge DeSilva, Rock­ing­ham Kwinana Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Solin, Rear Ad­mi­ral Jonathan Mead RAN, City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels and HMAS Stir­ling com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Cap­tain Brian...

HMAS Stir­ling com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Cap­tain Brian De­la­m­ont an­swers a ques­tion from the floor.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Jonathan Mead RAN.

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