Orange hosts Parliamentary hearing

Media release | Friday 11 August 2017

Orange will host a Parliamentary regional hearing on Monday (14 August) into opportunities to grow the state's defence industry and into ways to promote regional development.

Department of Industry Executive Director of Industry Development, Duncan Challen, said two separate inquiries are underway by the Upper House’s State Development Committee which is coming to the Central West to seek regional input.

“The NSW Parliament’s State Development Committee is investigating opportunities to grow the defence industry to boost economic development,” Mr Challen said.

“It is also looking into how Sydney’s growing prominence as a global city can enhance regional development in regions like the Central West.

“These inquiries are a great opportunity to promote the potential of the region.”

Mr Challen said Orange will host a public hearing on Monday to take regional evidence for both inquiries and residents are welcome to attend to watch.

The hearing — from 9.45am to 3.30pm at the Orange Ex-Services Club — will take evidence from a range of regional representatives and organisations following submissions made to the two inquiries.

“Witnesses will include representatives from Bathurst Regional Council, Parkes Shire Council, Central NSW councils (Centroc), Bland Shire Council, Evocities, Orange City Council and Charles Sturt University.”

Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the inquiry into defence reflects the Defence and Industry Strategy, NSW: Strong, Smart and Connected, and is focusing on maximising opportunities for NSW-based companies.

“The hearings will also highlight how the regions can tap into Sydney’s booming economy, which is benefiting from increases in international trade, infrastructure construction, tourism, innovation and research,” Mr Blair said.

Further details on the inquiries are at:

Download the media releaseDuncan Challen, Executive Director, Industry Development, Department of Industry