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Extra funding to boost industry’s opportunities

Maximising supply opportunities for Australian companies for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games is one of four projects to share in $600,000 of Australian Government funding.

The funding, awarded under the Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) program, will allow the Industry Capability Network (ICN) to link competitive Australian companies with lucrative supply opportunities in major projects in Australia and overseas.

This program is designed to help get Australian firms and services out in the market competing for valuable contracts wherever they may be.

Speaking at Advanced Polymer Technology Australasia/Sports Technology International in Melbourne, Federal Member for Isaacs Mark Dreyfus announced the new round of SAMP projects.

“Businesses like Sports Technology International are a great example of local businesses that have directly benefitted in major projects as direct result of the SAMP program.

“For example, Sports Technology International were successful in securing the contract to supply and install the running track for the 2008 Youth Commonwealth Games in India, maintaining their strong connection with elite sports in Asia.

“Many Australian suppliers can provide goods and services at globally competitive prices. By linking global opportunities to local capabilities we create crucial links that boost Australian productivity, export capacity and most importantly, jobs,” Dreyfus said.

In 2008 the SAMP program helped Australian companies win $548 million worth of contracts. The new round of funding will build on this success.

The three other successful projects in this round of SAMP include identifying supply opportunities relating to:

• QGC’s proposed Queensland Curtis LNG project;

• the construction of three new hospitals in south Queensland; and

• the Shanghai World Expo 2010.

Further information on SAMP and the other services provided by the ICN, including guidelines and application forms, is available at www.icn.org.au

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