Tech project boost for jobs: Sen­a­tor

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Gareth McKnight

WA Sen­a­tor Linda Reynolds has spo­ken of her sup­port for the City of Rock­ing­ham’s Technopole con­cept, stat­ing it would be a boost for lo­cal skills and jobs.

The Tele­graph re­vealed the Rock­ing­ham Re­nais­sance plan ear­lier this year, with the lo­cal Gov­ern­ment hop­ing to es­tab­lish an in­no­va­tion hub at the Mur­doch Univer­sity cam­pus on Dixon Road.

Sen­a­tor Reynolds said she was pleased to sup­port the ini­tia­tive along with the French Aus­tralian Cham­ber of Com­merce, as a mem­ber of the steer­ing com­mit­tee.

“The Technopole is an ex­cit­ing con­cept be­cause it brings in­dus­try and academia to­gether to not only re­alise our po­ten­tial in the high-tech man­u­fac­tur­ing and in­dus­trial spa­ces, but to pro­vide the skills we need to sus­tain and grow lo­cal in­dus­try,” she said.

“I com­mend the City of Rock­ing­ham and DCNS (French ship build­ing and in­dus­trial group) for sup­port­ing the ini­tia­tive and wel­come the in­ter­est by the broader de­fence in­dus­try.

“It’s great for skills, great for jobs and great for in­dus­trial ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment.”

The Tele­graph un­der­stands an agree­ment with Mur­doch Univer­sity to base the in­no­va­tion hub in Rock­ing­ham is close to be­ing signed off on.

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