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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Tenders called for new aerospace and defence hub

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Wednesday, October 12, 2011

    Tenders called for new aerospace and defence hub

    An $150 million world-class aerospace and defence hub at Amberley is now one step closer with the State Government calling for business case and master plan tenders to develop the industry support centre.

    Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Andrew Fraser said the tender process was now open and encouraged interested businesses to submit their proposals to take the existing concept for the 183ha Cunningham Highway site to the feasibility stage.

    “Queensland stands to benefit enormously from the centre’s future development, with up to 3,500 Queensland jobs to be created and the ability to generate more than $10 billion in economic activity over the long-term,” Mr Fraser said.

    “The development of this engine room is key to positioning Queensland as a global leader in the knowledge-intensive aerospace and defence industry.

    “It will create exciting new growth opportunities for specialist aerospace and defence support companies to work alongside the Australian Defence Force at Amberley’s RAAF Base.

    “Importantly, the business case and master plan will ensure the Amberley centre will be able to accommodate the right mix of companies and related industries to service the Australian Defence Force and broader aerospace sector.”

    Member for Ipswich West Wayne Wendt said the invitation to tender followed last year’s Ipswich City Council preliminary planning approval for the proposed centre for excellence.

    “The centre is tipped to be a master-planned, commercially-orientated high technology hub for companies and organisations servicing and supporting Queensland aerospace and defence industries,” Mr Wendt said.

    “It will also boost Queensland’s nationally-significant focus for defence investment, assets, and activities.

    “The Government considers the release of the tender to be well timed and will capitalise on future improvements in the defence sector.”

    Tenders close on 14 November 2011. Visit www.qgm.qld.gov.au to submit an e-tender.

    Construction of the proposed centre could get underway by as soon as 2013.

    Media Contact: Deputy Premier’s office – 3224 6361