Tasmanian shipbuilders set for defence spend boost

The Tasmanian economy is set for a significant boost from the Turnbull Government’s record $195 billion spend on the defence industry, according to the defence department.

Defence minister Christopher Pyne has outlined opportunities for the Tasmanian industry – specifically in navy shipbuilding.

“The Government’s commitment to create and sustain a continuous naval shipbuilding and sustainment capability in Australia, and to maximise Australian industry involvement, will provide many opportunities for Tasmania and the nation as a whole,” Pyne said at the Launceston Future Frigates Roadshow.

“Launceston has a proud maritime history and is a renowned maritime hub and I look forward to seeing local industry participate in the Future Frigate project.

“Defence has a strong association with the Australian Maritime College in Launceston; the new Naval Shipbuilding College will complement, rather than compete with, existing institutions like the AMC.

“The Naval Shipbuilding College will work closely with defence industry, in particular the ship and submarine builders to ensure availability of skilled workers that meet the shipbuilders’ requirements.”

Pyne planned to meet with Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman to discuss Tasmania’s potential to maximise defence industry opportunities.

He will also visit the Elphinstone Group to discuss the defence industry opportunities that are available to regional Australia.

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