A multi-million dollar world-class marine manufacturing complex in Henderson has won the prestigious 2005 Premier’s Award for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
Announcing the winner last night, Premier Geoff Gallop said the Australian Marine Complex’s Common User Facility (CUF) was an outstanding example of innovation and collaboration, with great flow-on benefits for Western Australia.
“Here we have a facility that has put the State on the world map in terms of our international manufacturing reputation,” Dr Gallop said.
“It has been a bold project that has attracted and retained skilled workers, and established itself as a significant contributor to our economy.”
The Australian Marine Complex is an integrated industrial estate servicing the defence, marine, mining and petroleum sectors. It is rapidly gaining an international reputation as the nation’s leading industrial facility for marine-related industries.
Dr Gallop said the Henderson site in Cockburn had long been an important site for shipbuilding and marine-related industries servicing Australian and international markets.
The creation of the CUF had given WA a co-ordinated structure from which to bid for important oil, gas, mining and defence contracts from around Australia and the world.
Since opening in 2003, the CUF had generated more than $40million in business and 600 new jobs from 80 projects using world-class wharf, lay down and fabrication facilities.
The Australian Marine Complex is managed for the State Government by a committee made up of representatives from LandCorp and the Department of Industry and Resources. It comes under the ministerial responsibility of Housing and Works Minister Francis Logan.
Mr Logan, who is also the MLA for Cockburn, said the award was recognition of the status of the AMC as an important complex for marine-related projects in Australia and around the world.
Last night’s other winners were:
Social and Community Development: Department of Justice for the Boronia Pre-Release Centre for Women - creating opportunities for change; building community;
Education and Skills Development: The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health for Aboriginal Health Initiatives within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science;
The economy: LandCorp and the Department of Industry and Resources for the Australian Marine Complex - Common User Facility;
The environment: Department of Environment for the Denmark River Salinity Management Program;
The regions: Department of Land Information for FireWatch;
Governance: The Department of Justice for its Collaborative Approach to Volunteering; and
Building Better Futures: Department of Indigenous Affairs for its PALS Schools Reconciliation Awards.
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