A PROPOSAL to establish a high-technology defence hub in Rockingham has been welcomed by WA Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia.
The City of Rockingham is pushing the move to establish a technopole with support from Business France, the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and French submarine builders DCNS.
A technopole is a dedicated centre of high-tech manufacturing and information-based industry sectors which could developed at the city’s former Murdoch University campus.
Rockingham’s Renaissance Technopole will be used to transfer French intellectual property to Australian industry, which is a Federal Government requirement when undertaking work for the national shipbuilding plan.
Mr Papalia said the State Government was committed to working with the City |of Rockingham and private business to create a |vibrant defence industry and jobs.
Last week 26 delegates from 13 French defence-related companies visited WA shipbuilding facilities to investigate future opportunities with local businesses.