PM announces post-election $30 million defence R&D boost for Launceston

The federal government has announced $30 million in funding for a “Phase One” investment in a Defence Innovation and Design Precinct in Launceston, supporting defence industry R&D.

The Precinct would be based at University of Tasmania’s Australian Maritime College, which is part of the National Shipbuilding College. The AMC’s Cavitation Research Laboratory is currently a “crucial capability enabler” for the Australian Navy.
According to the statement, a “re-elected Morrison Government will be supporting the high value testing and evaluation needs of the Royal Australian Navy; increasing opportunities for greater collaboration between Defence, academia and industry to deliver cutting-edge defence capability; and build the AMC’s ability to support the National Shipbuilding College as it builds the workforce of the future to deliver on our national Naval Shipbuilding Plan.”

The release claimed that 150 jobs would be created in the region annually through the project after the election, with up to 58 during construction.

The precinct at the AMC would support the $90 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
Picture: Scott Gelston/The Examiner

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