Tuesday, 26 July 2016
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin will meet with new Federal Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne, in Perth to endorse the State's naval shipbuilding and sustainment facilities.
"Western Australian companies are in a perfect position to undertake this work as they have the infrastructure, expertise and track record to support these projects," Mr Mischin said.
"The Australian Government is investing $89 billion in naval shipbuilding and maintenance programs and we welcome the decision that WA will be one of the two locations to implement the commitment.
"This major decision is excellent news for the State's defence industry and will generate hundreds of direct and indirect jobs for West Australians for decades to come.
"WA has vast experience and a proven track record in delivering international naval shipbuilding and sustainment programs.
"I will promote the State's strengths and extensive experience in shipbuilding and maintenance, heavy engineering and fabrication to the new Federal Minister and highlight how WA is well placed to deliver these contracts for the nation's safety and security."
The Minister said the State and Australian governments had invested more than $400 million in infrastructure at the Australian Marine Complex to support current and future frigates, submarines and other naval projects.
WA is the location of the nation's largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, which houses 12 fleet units, including five of the eight Anzac frigates and the six Collins submarines.
"Royal Australian Navy vessels, including the Collins Class submarines and Anzac frigates, have been successfully repaired and maintained in this State for many years. I believe WA has the experience and established infrastructure to take part in the new naval program," he said.