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

    Sky’s the limit for Qld aerospace industry

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

    Tuesday, May 03, 2016

    Sky’s the limit for Qld aerospace industry

    Queensland could be the hub for the multi-billion dollar Asia-Pacific aerospace industry that keeps civil and military aircraft in the skies, under a proposal released today.

    State Development Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham released a discussion paper today that identifies thousands of jobs and business opportunities if Queensland builds on its existing status as an Asia-Pacific aviation centre of excellence.

    “We already have the foundations here with our civil and defence aviation strengths – our depth of capability, our world-class expertise, and our strategic location,” Dr Lynham said.

    “Our Advance Queensland agenda is to grow these ‘high tech’ industries with global growth potential.

    “This discussion paper is the first step in setting Queensland on the flightpath towards a bigger, better future in aerospace.”

    The aerospace sector already provides 4500 direct jobs in aircraft component manufacturing and repair services statewide and generated around $600 million to the state economy in 2014-15.

    Globally, strong passenger travel demand is forecast to require more than 35,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years, particularly in India, China, the Middle East and other Asia-Pacific countries.

    Dr Lynham said companies like Boeing Defence Australia, Virgin Australia Airlines, Airbus Group Australia Pacific, BAE Systems, Qantas heavy maintenance and Raytheon were in Queensland because the state offered a clear competitive advantage.

    The largest avionics facility in Australia is Australian Avionics in Cairns and in Townsville, Flying Colours Aviation is Australia’s largest commercial airline paint shop.

    “Aerospace offers great opportunities for businesses who have never even considered this industry: for engineering companies, for instance, who have always supplied the mining industry,” Dr Lynham said.

    Consultation on the discussion paper runs from today to Friday 27 May. It will include workshops throughout May with local businesses around the state, including in Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay region, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns.

    Visit the aerospace web page to download the discussion paper.

    [ENDS]          3 May, 2016

    Media contact:           Jan Martin       0439 341 314

     

    EDS: Print and online-quality aerospace images available at the Department of State Development media centre.