The Banana Shire Council, recently signed an agreement with AUKUS Forum, marking the first time an Australian Council has formed a partnership with the international Defence organisation.
This new agreement and partnership will put the Shire’s businesses, big and small, in direct contact with major international companies who are already seeking Australian contacts, to comply with the government’s mandated local partnership requirement, designed to ensure that AUKUS’s benefits flow onto Australia.
The partnership with AUKUS opens the entire region with an opportunity to grow. The Council considers the partnership as a significant opportunity for local businesses and a good proposition for businesses considering investing in the region. The Banana Shire, located in Central Queensland is rich with a plethora of natural resources and boasts easy access to ports as well as an established infrastructure, making it a good choice for any manufacturing businesses to set up shop.
The CEO of the Council, Tom Upton, said the Banana Shire Council is proactive in fostering economic growth. “We are at the beginning of a new chapter of innovation and economic growth for our community. The Banana Shire is well-placed to make the most out of this new partnership. Local small, medium, and large industries within the Shire are set to benefit from this partnership, to attract investment and create more skilled jobs within our region.”
“This shows our dedication to being the Shire of Opportunity, and AUKUS Forum is the ideal partner to help us reach our full potential,” Tom Upton said.
The AUKUS Forum, headed by Joel Fitzgibbon, the former Australian Défense Minister and Arthur Sinodinos, Australian ambassador to the United States, is dedicated to helping boost jobs, the economy and manufacturing by providing companies, many of them family-run, with the ability to diversify and expand into new overseas markets.
The Banana Shire Council’s agreement has been welcomed by the Forum’s co-chairs, Joel Fitzgibbon and Arthur Sinodinos.
Mr Fitzgibbon, a former Australian Défense Minister, said, “We know there’s a great untapped depth of talent in Australia’s industrial and manufacturing base in rural areas, eager to contribute.”
The AUKUS Forum’s founder, Michael Sharpe, said “The council’s initiative aligns neatly with the Forum’s mission – to use the tremendous opportunities that the AUJKUS agreement will bring to provide a boost to jobs and the economy across Australia, with particular emphasis on rural and regional areas.”
An upcoming event in the region alongside Banana Shire Council is scheduled in July 2024, which aims to foster connection and collaboration across industries and provide a platform for local businesses to explore new opportunities.