Let’s see the defence sector shine
It’s been a big month and another one lies ahead for HunterNet.
Our annual Hunter Defence Conference kicked off on 22 August with a Gala Dinner. The guest speaker on the night was Dr Kirsten Ferguson, who is a leading businesswoman, company Director, and an international authority on health and safety leadership and corporate governance. Ataged 17 she entered the military and went on to become the dux of her air force graduating class at the Australian Defence Force Academy. We couldn’t think of a better way to start our conference than with such an elite identity.
Defence is an extremely important sector in our region. In fact, it transcends the region and taps into the global supply chain in which companies working in defence need to be well versed at. The Hunter Defence Conference focuses on driving collaboration and engagement between defence primes, the regions small to medium enterprises (SME’s), academia and defence.
Hunter Defence has advocated for the defence industry for many years and the region’s Industry groups have stood as one to promote the sector. HunterNet, Hunter Business Chamber and Regional Development Australia (RDA) have come together to ensure the industry collaboration starts with the major representative bodies. To solidify the voice with a tone of positivity, gravitas and opportunity, we speak as one and with a touch of parochialism to ensure our region is not forgotten when we talk about the major defence projects Australia is now seeing. The regional bodies understand the importance of Defence and we want our elected representatives to understand that Defence; to our region is an industry sector that has paramount importance.
We have talked before about the importance that SME’s have for our region. They educate, train and, most importantly, provide employment for large numbers of people throughout our region and beyond. It’s with this in mind that we want to see opportunities afforded to SME’s who are looking to the defence sector. We want them to have access to the major players, to get an audience with the decision makers and to show that they have a place within the global supply chains that defence offers.
Our region offers so much and we are fortunate to have industry sectors that allow creativity, innovation and most importantly, employment to a wide sector of our population.
The defence industry is part of that mix and this month we want to see, not only the businesses that work directly in the sector, but also those who support the industry to shine.
Wayne H Diemar