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    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Amberley prepares for take off

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Amberley prepares for take off

    
    

    A hi-tech defence and aerospace hub at Amberley in Brisbane’s western corridor is seeking clearance for take-off – and 3000 jobs could be on board.

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe has announced that, with the support of the Commonwealth Department of Defence, a development application for the proposed Aerospace and Defence Support Centre at Amberley will today (THURSDAY 16 July) be formally lodged with Ipswich City Council.

    “Council’s approval of the development application will clear the way for a defence and aerospace hub to be developed on 183 hectares of land adjoining the RAAF base at Amberley on the Cunningham Highway,” Minister Hinchliffe said.

    “This proposed Aerospace and Defence Support Centre is a hi-tech industrial park with a focus on providing a major regional facility for the defence and aerospace industry.

    “It has the potential to become a major economic powerhouse for the Ipswich region with the creation of up to 3000 jobs.

    “What’s proposed is a $100 million one-stop shop for aero-engineering excellence, an industrial precinct focused on the development of advanced aviation technology.

    “It could also be home base for firms seeking contracts to service and maintain the RAAF aircraft stationed at Amberley.

    “With more and more defence personnel calling Amberley home, the development of an Aerospace and Defence Support Centre is an investment in the future and a down payment in local hi-tech know-how.

    “Queensland companies are already involved in major defence force projects for the delivery of the Tiger and MRH90 helicopters, Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and air-to-air refuelling planes.

    “By having a centre of aerospace innovation next door to the Amberley base, we’re aiming for the sky and launching the framework for even more hi-tech jobs.”

    “It’s likely 135 of the site’s 183 hectares would be used for the Aerospace and Defence Support Centre, with the remainder becoming an open space parkland buffer, effectively adding to the nearby Warrill Creek environmental corridor as well as providing much needed local open space facilities.

    “Once it receives all the necessary approvals from Ipswich City Council, the aerospace park could be ready for construction in 2011.”

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