Albatross Aviation takes flight

Media release | 26 May 2017

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair today said the new multi-million dollar expansion of the Albatross Aviation Technology Park will set the Shoalhaven defence industry on a new path to growth.

Mr Blair joined Member for Kiama and Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra, Gareth Ward in Nowra today to tour the expanded facilities.

“The NSW Government is committed to growing our defence industry and our support has helped Shoalhaven City Council develop Stage 4 of the Albatross Aviation Technology Park,” Mr Blair said.

“This facility is already home to some of the biggest global defence companies: Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Raytheon.

“It’s expansion will help secure   their long- term presence, while supporting the growth of local success stories such as Air Affairs and Partech Systems”.

As part of the expansion, extra land has been developed, to provide aerospace firms with better access to flight facilities.

Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward said this critical infrastructure investment would drive diverse employment opportunities in a key regional part of NSW.

“It’s an exciting time for the Shoalhaven, with the NSW Defence and Industry Strategy earmarking  the region  for future growth  in areas  like helicopter maintenance and aircrew training – the opportunities are limitless.

“The Albatross Aviation Technology Park is playing an increasingly important role in our growing defence sector, which already employs about eight per-cent of the local workforce and provides 11 per-cent of Gross Regional Product.”

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Minister Blair and others on tarmac with light plane behind