South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall has travelled to the United States to attend the Sea Air Space, expo in the US, and met with leaders in the space, defence and cyber security industries in Washington DC and Maryland.
Marshall will also deliver the keynote address at the United States, Australia Dialogue on Defence Industries in Washington DC. The SA government sees this as an opportunity to brief US officials and leading defence industry experts on the opportunities in South Australia.
“South Australia is now driving the growth of Australia’s space sector and defence industry, creating high-tech jobs and generating interest from interstate and overseas,” said Marshall.
“We need to ensure that everything taking place at Lot Fourteen is being showcased on an international scale, to attract investment from major companies, create more jobs and drive growth across South Australia’s burgeoning space and defence sectors moving forward.
While in Washington, Marshall will meet with NASA officials to discuss future collaborations between Australia and the US within the space sector.
“The headquarters of the Australian Space Agency, the SmartSat CRC, Mission Control and the Space Discovery Centre are all major drawcards for prominent players in the space industry to seriously consider South Australia as one of the best places to do business,” said Marshall.
He mentioned that currently there are hundreds of companies like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing Defence from the US that are already operating in South Australia, that he sees as crucial to growing SA’s economy and creating local jobs.
“We need to make the most of these investments which are now presenting unprecedented opportunities to our current and future generations.”
Marshall will also visit the National Cyber Security Centre of Excellence in Maryland, a US state which is reportedly recognised as being an international cyber security hub.
“By forging connections with Maryland and learning from their success, we’re seeking to grow this rapidly expanding sector right here in South Australia,” said Marshall.
“We are working to bring together these fast-moving sectors in South Australia, by providing companies with unparalleled collaborative opportunities, and bringing them within proximity of other major players in their fields.
“Driving growth across these sectors means we can stop the brain drain we’ve seen from South Australia in recent years and create jobs for our young people right here in our state.”