On the 28th of April the Keneally Government announced formation of an expert advisory council to help strategically grow the State’s defence industry, Minister for State and Regional Development Ian Macdonald said.
Mr Macdonald said the NSW Defence Industry Advisory Council will provide independent and high level advice to the Government on targeting more defence contracts to support jobs and investment.
“This Council will play an important role in helping NSW achieve its target of securing at least 30 per cent of Australia's in-country defence spend within a decade and creating an additional 1,500 defence related jobs,” he said.
“I thank the newly-elected members of the NSW Defence Industry Advisory Council for their highly valued contributions and look forward to working with them for the benefit of NSW
“This expert Council comprises senior representatives from the defence industry and private sector as well as former senior members of the Department of Defence and the Australian defence force.
“Our efforts to grow the NSW defence industry will support economic growth, jobs and investment in both metropolitan and regional communities, as well as build business competitiveness and workforce skills.
The members of the council are:
Chair – Peter Robson, Chairman Consolidated Manufacturing Enterprises
Dr Richard Sheldrake, Director-General, I&I NSW
Air Vice Marshal (Ret’d) John Blackburn AO, NSW Defence Industry Advisor
Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Brian Adams AO
George Campbell OAM
Professor Ross Babbage, former advisor to the Minister for Defence during the preparation
of the 2009 Defence White Paper
Air Marshal (Ret’d) Errol McCormack
Ken Moore, formerly Chief Finance Officer, Department of Defence
Chris Jenkins, Managing Director, Thales
John Allcock, Group General Manager, Raytheon
Alan Rankins, NSW President, Australian Industry Defence Network
Air Vice-Marshal (Ret'd) Peter Nicholson AO, Govt Relations, BAE Systems