Chief Minister Opens Defence Industry Maintenance Facility

Chief Minister Opens Defence Industry Maintenance Facility

Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles

White Elephant No More

Victor P Taffa

Chief Minister Adam Giles today opened RGM Maintenance’s new $3.2 Million facility at Darwin’s Defence Support Hub.

“The Defence Force is a crucial part of our Northern Australia Development plans, already spending more than $1.4 Billion dollars in the Territory economy every year.” Mr. Giles said.

 

 

 

 

“But I want that spend to be even bigger and I am working to grow Defence into a multi-billion dollar local industry with the Defence Support Hub as its headquarters.”

The Hub is a dedicated 53 ha industrial park close to Robertson Barracks that has been specifically planned for companies supporting the needs of the Australian Defence Force.

“Under the former government this important piece of Defence infrastructure was a white elephant, sitting idle since 2009. Under our watch, the customers are queuing up to get a slice of the defence maintenance pie.” Mr. Giles said.

“It was a pleasure to open RGM’s new $3.2 Million facility at the Hub which will be used to provide vehicle maintenance and repair services to the Australian Defence Force. It will also provide flow on opportunities for other players in the local defence support and service industry.”

RGM became the anchor tenant for the Defence Support Hub after signing a formal lease agreement with the Land Development Corporation last year.

“The facilities are a welcome addition to the Territory’s Defence support infrastructure at a time when the sector is rapidly expanding in Northern Australia. We look forward to seeing more companies follow their lead.” Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia Development Gary Higgins said.

The Chief Minister will address the second annual Northern Defence Summit tomorrow where he will outline the Territory’s increasing importance in Australia’s military architecture.

“The Territory has become the strategic edge of Australia’s Defence as the importance of our role in regional security and humanitarian assistance continues to grow.” Mr. Giles said.

“We need to position our economy to take full advantage of our strategic location on the doorstep of Asia and of the expanding US Marine presence in the Top End.”

“There are also huge opportunities on the horizon for Defence work in Katherine where the Airforce Base is in line for an estimated half billion dollar upgrade to accommodate the news F35 Joint Strike Fighters.” Mr. Giles said.

More than 160 delegates from a range of defence-related industries are attending the Summit at the Darwin Convention Centre.

It follows hot on the heels of the Australia Japan Joint Business Conference and is part of an impressive line-up of Territory business events in the lead-up to Christmas.

These include the 5th Annual NT Major Projects Conference, the Economic Development Australia National Conference and the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference.

“It’s encouraging to see our business events market performing so strongly with a huge number of events filling the build-up months when tourism traditionally slows.” Mr. Giles said.