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    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Queensland's air defence and aviation companies target Avalon

    Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    Queensland's air defence and aviation companies target Avalon

    The Queensland Government is leading a 12 company strong trade stand at the Pacific’s pre-eminent aviation gathering the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition which started yesterday.

    Minister for State Development, Dr Anthony Lynham said the exhibition runs until March 1 at Avalon, Victoria, and provides a great opportunity to encourage further aviation business to Queensland.

    “This gathering is held every two years and attracts aviation leaders worldwide - it is these people we need to reach out to and promote the benefits of doing their business in Queensland,” Minister Lynham said.

    “Queensland currently boasts some of the world’s leading aviation companies including Airbus Group, BAE Systems, Boeing, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

    “With $3.4 billion of new orders received in Queensland in the 2013-14 financial year, it’s clear we have the industries and skills to support the defence and civil aviation sector.

    “With more than 20 high value-added, technologically-advanced and niche manufacturers in the state recently expanding their operations, defence industries will play a key role in growing our State’s economy.

    “The Queensland’s defence industry already contributes around $2 billion revenue to the state’s economy annually and employs 25,000 people involved across all sectors.

    “The Queensland Government’s participation at the Avalon Airshow is a significant demonstration of its industry development agenda and commitment to leaders in defence, defence industries and the commercial aviation and aerospace sectors,” he said.

    Defence Industries Queensland, a division of the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning will also be hosting a highly targeted networking event for key national and international defence, government and industry leaders on the evening of Wednesday 25 February at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne.

    Leading the Queensland Government’s national and international engagement across key leaders, and advocating on behalf of industry, will be Queensland Defence Industries’ Envoy, Mr Lindsay Pears.

    The 2013 Avalon Airshow attracted about 168,000 people, with more than 40,000 people attending the four industry-only trade days. This included 75 senior military and commercial delegations and Air Force leaders from 25 countries.

    More information is available on the Defence Industries Queensland website at or to stay informed of key updates throughout the event, follow Queensland’s Defence Industries’ Envoy on Twitter @QldDefenceEnvoy.

    Companies exhibiting at the Queensland stand are:

    •  Air360
    •  Airline Academy of Australia
    •  The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
    •  Archerfield Airport
    •  Asia Pacific Aerospace
    •  Aviation Australia
    •  Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport
    •  Cubic
    •  Ferra
    •  Orion Solar
    •  PJ Bowers
    •  Sunshine Coast Airport

    [ENDS] 25 February 2015

    Media Contact: Gillian Tyrrell 0425 363 060