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Strengthening regional development key to success, says prime

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RAAF Williamtown will act as an industry incubator for Primes and SMEs operating in the Hunter region (Source BAE Systems)

As Williamtown prepares to welcome Australia’s first two F-35s, Lockheed Martin Australia has joined with Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter in Newcastle to present a range of new opportunities to academia, STEM and community organisations in the Hunter region.

Representatives from Lockheed Martin Australia and RDA Hunter hosted a range of stakeholders to outline an assortment of opportunities with which the organisations will be seeking local business and community support.

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Speaking at the engagement, Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive Vince Di Pietro AM CSC said working with Australian partners brings best practice and leading-edge concepts and technology to Australia, and provides leading innovation to field sovereign defence capabilities.

"The activities of the next couple of days in the Hunter region are testimony to the critical contribution of regional Australia to our nation’s defence capability, and Lockheed Martin Australia’s commitment to both regional Australia and small and medium enterprises," Di Pietro said.

As part of its integration with the Hunter region, Lockheed Martin's training and development and workforce planning teams provide the Hunter region's industry, academic and community organisations with the background and support to develop the key skills Lockheed is looking to develop in the region to support the Air Force's F-35s. 

"What's most exciting about Lockheed Martin Australia's partnership with RDA Hunter and its STEM Workforce Initiative, is that the Hunter will be home to the most technologically advanced capability Australia has ever invested in; the F-35," said Di Pietro.

Lockheed Martin Australia remains committed to a community relations program that invests in the quality of life of communities where it's employees work and live.

RDA Hunter chairman John Turner said RDA Hunter is delighted to be partnering with Lockheed Martin Australia.

"Our partnership will result in workforce and industry development strategies that will maximise the significant economic impact of upcoming defence projects in the Hunter," he said.

"Monday’s event has been an invaluable insight into LMA’s workforce development plans and a great opportunity for the company’s executive team to meet the key players in the Hunter’s strong defence ecosystem."

Strengthening regional development key to success, says prime
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