Conference’s milestone


Former Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne will be the keynote speaker at the Hunter Defence Conference’s 10th anniversary.

The milestone event, which takes place at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley from 22 to 23 August, is set to include government and industry leaders, as well as senior capability development staff from the army, navy and air force headquarters.

Hunter Defence chair Tim Owen said the conference would focus on national-level support for regional small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs).

It will incorporate an industry showcase on Thursday 22 August, at which leaders will speak directly with SMEs that are successfully established as contractors or looking to work in the Defence industry.

“The speakers will provide an over-arching view of where government policy is heading over the coming decade and what global supply chain opportunities that will present for SMEs and contractors in the region,” Mr Owen said.

Mr Pyne (pictured) is guest speaker at the gala dinner the same evening, which will be preceded by drinks and canapes hosted by BAE Systems and Hunter Defence, with a spectacular low-flying aerial display by Red Bull Air Race pilot Matt Hall.

Hunter Defence is a collaborative group that promotes Hunter industry expertise and capability to attract more defence industry manufacturing and supply opportunities to the region.

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