RDA Hume meets defence industry ahead of meeting with Deputy Prime Minister10/02/2019
RDA Hume Chair, Susan Benedyka, met with Defence Industry representatives today to receive information to provide Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack when they meet next week.
The meeting, which was held in Wodonga, focused on growth opportunities for the regions defence industry to maintain regional benefits such as jobs and development.
Within the region is a strong defence sector presence with two barracks at Bandiana and Puckapunyal, as well as significant defence sector manufacturing facilities in Benalla and large service contracts between defence and Wodonga TAFE.
“The sector currently generates $556 million of Gross Value-Added product and generates 2730 jobs. RDA Hume is very keen to understand and explore future opportunities, particularly in local procurement and contracts, as well as understand how to best support and advocate for the defence sector in our region,” Ms Benedyka said.
“Our meeting will give industry representatives the opportunity to talk about how we work together to build on the growth of this sector and learn of any barriers which are preventing potential growth.”
Participants at the meeting include representatives from the Department of Defence, the Australian Industry and Defence Network, Wodonga TAFE, Wadworth Barracks at Bandiana, NIOA weapon supply and support, Pentarch munitions and hazardous goods disposal, Hideaway Safe Securities and the Centre for Defence Industry Capability.
These meetings are a continuation of an inquiry into the impact of defence training activities and facilities on rural and regional communities made by RDA Hume in 2017, with several other Victorian organisations, to the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
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