- Proposal to develop high-tech hub to capitalise on national shipbuilding plan
Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia has welcomed the City of Rockingham's proposal to establish a technopole with French industry, in a bid to capitalise on the national future submarine project.
Business France, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and French submarine builders DCNS have expressed support for a high-tech hub to be developed at the former Murdoch University Rockingham campus.
A technopole is a dedicated centre of high-tech manufacturing and information-based industry sectors. Rockingham's Renaissance Technopole will be used to transfer French intellectual property to Australian industry - a Federal Government requirement when undertaking work for the national shipbuilding plan.
The establishment of the technopole provides a further opportunity to develop a mine counter-measures hub in Western Australia, a proposal which Mr Papalia put forward to the Federal Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne during his recent trip to Canberra.
HMAS Stirling, the Kwinana Industrial Area and Australian Marine Complex are all in close proximity to the City of Rockingham, making it an ideal location to become the centre of WA's high technology industrial development.
Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:
"The McGowan Government is committed to working collaboratively with the City of Rockingham and private business to create a vibrant defence industry and grow jobs.
"WA boasts an experienced and internationally competitive industry which is ready to participate in Australian and foreign shipbuilding programs."
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