Mayor's Column

Published on 16 February 2024

Mayor Jess Jennings

AUKUS Forum success

The AUKUS Forum in conjunction with Industry Capability Network - NSW recently partnered with Council to hold an information session at Charles Sturt University.

The successful event was attended by 37 people from a variety of local and regional businesses, interested in understanding the AUKUS opportunity for regional businesses to work with the Defence industry, and how it presents significant new market opportunities for manufacturers, innovators, and thought leaders in the coming years.

The AUKUS trilateral security pact is more than the building of submarines, it’s the opportunity for industry, businesses – small, medium, and large, academia, researchers, and governments to cooperate on information sharing, advanced cyber, quantum technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomy and so much more.

The event hosted a list of impressive speakers, including former Minister of Defence the Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, Lt Colonel Jasmin Diab CSC, Amber Marks from CSU, Daniel Munro, Managing Director, IBM Technology - Defence, and Jason Legge from Fujitsu Australia. The day covered a range of interesting topics, local opportunities to contribute, and how companies such as Fujitsu are assisting the ADF to deliver data, extend its capability functionality, and increase agility across land, air, sea, cyber, and information. One example of a local business was about a domestic pool company re-thinking its product applications to deliver ship hull cleaning services to save huge costs in diving and hard stand shipwright servicing. Imagination is the key.

Denison College Awards Night

I recently attended the Denison College - Bathurst High Campus and Kelso High Campus - High Achievers Presentation which was held at Charles Sturt University. I had the honour of presenting some awards to students who have made outstanding achievements in their education and learning.

I would like to congratulate everyone who received awards. Your accomplishments are a testament to your commitment to excellence.



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