THE City of Rockingham has welcomed the establishment of the Defence West office to help attract more defence-related work to the region.
Mayor Barry Sammels said there was no better place for businesses to invest than Rockingham because it was close to HMAS Stirling, the Western Trade Coast and the Henderson shipbuilding precinct.
“Being home to HMAS Stirling, the nation’s largest naval base, we have a long history of working with Defence,” he said.
“In principle, we are supportive of any initiative that delivers jobs growth and economic development outcomes for the region.”
Premier Mark McGowan said the new office would prepare a defence strategy to guide its efforts in actively campaigning to secure a greater share of Australia’s defence contracts.
“WA boasts an experienced shipbuilding industry with the expertise and capability to build the next generation of navy vessels, creating more jobs,” Mr McGowan said
He said the state was set to receive just 3.7 per cent of the national defence spend.
“But the State Government will demand a bigger share of defence work,” he said.
“We’ve identified defence as a key pillar for diversifying the State’s economy and believe through strategic advocacy we can secure our fair share of the defence budget.”