Spencer Gulf leaders attend defence gala dinner

The opportunities to grow our local defence Industry took a step forward.

HOPES: Mayor John Rohde hopes there will be financial spin-off from future military exercises in the gulf region.

HOPES: Mayor John Rohde hopes there will be financial spin-off from future military exercises in the gulf region.

This resulted from a delegation of community and business leaders from the Upper Spencer Gulf attending the Defence Teaming Centre’s annual gala dinner in Adelaide.

Also at the dinner were federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, state Defence Industries Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, Opposition leader Steven Marshall and representatives from the Nick Xenophon Team.

Networking opportunities arose with talks about the potential for local businesses with an interest in defence componentry and technology to visit the major contractor sites in northern Adelaide, including Techport, Technology Park and the Edinburgh Defence Precinct.

The group has identified the expansion of the Cultana training site near Whyalla and new military vehicle and vessel construction as opportunities to grow the region’s involvement and capabilities.

Mayor John Rohde said the upper gulf cities were interested in maximising local business activity during military exercises and periods of troop rest and recreation.

“Experiences from across the three cities during the recent Exercise Hamel, for example, indicate potential for a substantial injection into the local economy during these military exercises.

“We are keen to foster a strong relationship with the military to maximise this economic boost during future exercises as well.”