Thursday, May 23, 2024

Tasmanian industry joins defence frontline

The Tasmanian Government has today released its Defence Tasmania Industry Directory, which it says showcases Tasmania’s capability in the defence industry to the world.

The Directory, which profiles more than 30 Tasmanian businesses and entities, will be distributed to  senior defence officials, buyers and contractors both nationally and internationally.

“We recognise Defence is a key sector that can help us emerge from the challenges of COVID-19, with an increasing number of Tasmanian businesses diversifying into lucrative national and international defence supply markets,” said Minister for Advanced Manufacturing and Defence Industries, Jeremy Rockliff.

“The Australian Government will invest over $200 billion into defence capabilities over the next decade, and our Government is ensuring Tasmanian businesses do not miss out on this significant economic opportunity.”

Mr Rockliff said Tasmania’s Crisp Bros. & Haywards was a great example of a local business setting its sights on opportunities within the sector, with plans to design and build tailored boats for the modern day needs of defence forces.

“This is a logical step for the company, which has until now focussed on specialised watercraft for the aquaculture, transport, leisure and offshore industries, as well as the manufacture of components for large-scale bridge, stadium and wind farm projects,” the Minister said.

“Like many other local defence supply companies, Crisp Bros & Haywards is working to expand its knowledge of defence procurement by working closely with our Tasmanian Defence Advocate, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Steve Gilmore AM, CSC.”

The Directory, an initiative under The Tasmanian Defence Industry Strategy 2023, is a part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s  commitment to grow our defence supply industries and open new markets for our local businesses, creating more jobs and investment in our State.

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