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New strategic direction for Defence

The Giles Government has appointed a new Strategic Defence Advisory Board to help ensure the Northern Territory is making the most of future Defence opportunities.

“Defence is already a significant contributor to the Northern Territory economy, adding $1.5 billion or almost 7 per cent of gross state product last financial year. I want to see this grow even further,” Chief Minister Adam Giles said.

“The Federal Government has just confirmed there are more than $600 million worth of federal Defence projects on the table over the next five years and we expect more will be announced in the near future.

“I want to make sure we are fully prepared to take advantage of these opportunities for economic growth and job creation after INPEX and beyond.

“The new Defence Advisory Board will guide us in this work, assisting in the development of an overarching Strategy for Defence in the Northern Territory.”

The Board is made up of two recently retired senior military officers from Australia and Indonesia, as well as a leading Commonwealth Defence employee.

“The Northern Territory is growing as a strategic gateway and mounting base for operations in the Asia Pacific region and as such we have given the Board a regional flavour,” Mr Giles said. 

“These eminent experts will be tasked with identifying future opportunities, giving advice on promoting capability for local Defence industries, as well as outlining how the Territory can best influence future Federal Government Defence industry planning.”

Board members are appointed for a two year term. The group will meet for the first time tomorrow.

“The Northern Territory will be an exciting place to be in coming years with a number of large Defence Infrastructure projects, opportunities for the Defence Industry and a growing US presence in coming years,” Major General Tim McOwan said.

“The Board and Strategy will ensure the NT has a seat at the table and is well positioned to make the most of the future infrastructure and Defence industry opportunities.”

Major General (Ret) Tim McOwan AO, DSC, CSM (Aust)

One of Australia’s most admired and decorated senior officers, Major General McOwan recently retired after three years as Head Australian Defence Staff, Washington DC.  He is a former Special Operations Commander Australia and Commanding Officer of the SAS Regiment.  He was intimately involved in the high level negotiations that brought the US Marines to the Northern Territory.

Air Marshal (Ret) Eris Herryanto (Indon)

Pak Eris retired two years ago as Indonesia’s Secretary of Defence.  Pak Eris is also a graduate of Australia’s Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra.  He is currently Deputy Head of Indonesia’s Defence Industry Policy Committee, which is situated within the Ministry of Defence. 

Mrs Camel McGregor, PSM (Aust)

Ms McGregor recently retired as Deputy Secretary in charge of People Group in Defence.  She is held in universally high regard and her wide Canberra public service background, experience and profile will afford a broader resource to the Northern Territory Government than just Defence. 

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