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    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Queensland flying the nation’s flag at US defence event

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Queensland flying the nation’s flag at US defence event

    Queensland is leading the nation at a roundtable event in Washington DC on April 13 to showcase Australia’s capabilities in defence innovation, as part of the 15th annual G’Day USA program.

    Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said G’Day USA brings together international defence policy experts, academics and national security representatives to discuss future innovation projects and collaboration opportunities with the United States.

    “My department is the sole state government sponsor and will be Australia’s only state department to speak at the roundtable event, covering Queensland’s capabilities with artificial intelligence and autonomy, as well as venturing into space systems,” he said.

    “We have designated defence industries and aerospace as priority industry sectors and have made commitments that will strongly support the future development of the industries in Queensland.

    “With the upcoming release of the Defence Industries and Aerospace 10-year Roadmaps, Queensland is looking to accelerate growth in these sectors and create more high-value, knowledge-based jobs.”

    On April 12, Queensland was also represented in a separate panel discussion on how Australia can contributeto the capacity and resilience of the US national technology and industrial base. Queensland was also asupporting sponsor for this event.

    Mr Dick said Queensland’s presence at the event was another boost for Queensland’s profile as Australia’s leading supplier of next-generation defence technologies.

    “The recent decision to base the Defence Cooperative Research Centre on Trusted Autonomous Systems and selection of Rheinmetall Defence Australia to deliver LAND 400 are clear signs that our Australia-leading capabilities are recognised here at home. Now is our chance to further sell our capabilities to the world,” he said.

    Rheinmetall Defence Australia will build their Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) and Australia-New Zealand headquarters in Redbank, Ipswich.

    “Construction of the MILVEHCOE will support up to 200 average direct jobs over three years, and the LAND 400 Phase 2 project will provide significant opportunities for local SMEs and associated services,” he said.

    “It will also open the way for these companies to participate in Rheinmetall’s global supply chains.”

    Rheinmetall’s Australia-New Zealand Headquarters and Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence will be a regional hub with an expected program of continuous design, build and support for up to 5000 military vehicles in Australia and the Asia Pacific.

    Mr Mal Lane, Executive, Defence and Aerospace Development, and Mr David Camerlengo, Trade Commissioner for North America, will represent the Queensland Government at this year’s G’Day USA defence events.

    For more information on G’Day USA, visit http://www.gdayusa.org/.

    ENDS

    Media contact: Anika Hume 0447 320 039