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Premier opens BAE SYSTEMS' communications facility in Midland
24/10/2000 11:36 AM
Premier Richard Court today opened BAE SYSTEMS’ new communications facility in Midland, describing it as a significant investment by high tech, multi-national industry in Western Australia.
The BAE SYSTEMS’ facility will provide more than 25 local jobs and $500,000 investment to the Midland community. It has been developed by BAE for the provision of its multi-million dollar contract with the Western Australian Police Service to provide Computer Aided Dispatch and Communications (CADCOM).
The BAE SYSTEMS’ facility is located in the refurbished works manager's building in the former Midland Railway Workshops.
Mr Court said the decision by BAE SYSTEMS to locate at Midland was a significant milestone in the development of the workshops as a precinct for leading edge high-tech industry.
“What is happening at the workshops is a reflection of the broader changes taking place in the WA economy,” he said.
“Our State is forging ahead in both the development and application of new technology. For example, the CADCOM project is a major investment in providing our police with the state-of-the-art equipment it needs to combat crime.”
The CADCOM system will computerise public safety dispatching functions - allowing call takers and dispatchers to quickly and efficiently handle incident information.
Midland Redevelopment Authority Chairman Ian Laurance said BAE SYSTEMS’ investment in the new premises showed foresight and confidence in the future of Midland.
“Few new technology companies have such an attractive old-technology setting,” Mr Laurance said.
“The MRA is delighted to welcome BAE SYSTEMS on site and sees it as the first step towards establishing a cluster of information technology and communications companies in these fine old workshops.”
Mr Mike Brownhill, Director of Support Services, BAE SYSTEMS Australia said the company had signed a five-year lease with the Midland Redevelopment Authority (MRA).
“We are committed to the West and regard our relationship with the MRA as a long-term investment,” Mr Brownhill said.
The CADCOM contract, valued in excess of $100 million, will involve provision of a modern, state-of-the-art, standards compliant communications and operations infrastructure that has the capacity and functionality to meet the requirements of the WA Police Service.
“BAE SYSTEMS will provide the WAPS with a leading edge communications infrastructure to enable them to operate at peak efficiency and this site will enable us to meet and exceed the requirements of the WA Police Service CADCOM program,” Mr Brownhill said.
“Our customer will receive top quality service and support.”
Media contact: Casey Cahill 9222 9475