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Historic Partnership Unleashes Global Opportunities for Banana Shire Industries

Historic Partnership Unleashes Global Opportunities for Banana Shire Industries
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Banana Shire Council and AUKUS Forum forge pioneering alliance

In a landmark move, Banana Shire Council and AUKUS Forum have inked a historic partnership, marking a pivotal moment for local industries.

This groundbreaking collaboration positions Queensland’s regional manufacturing and industrial prowess on the global stage, resonating with AUKUS partners in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Driving Innovation and Economic Growth

The partnership, the first-ever between a local government body and the AUKUS Forum, is set to catalyse innovation, investment, and economic growth in the region.

Mayor Cr. Nev Ferrier highlights the significant benefits, including job creation, investment attraction, and economic diversification. The commitment underscores Banana Shire’s vision to be the ‘Shire of Opportunity.’

AUKUS Forum: A Strategic Partner for Regional Prosperity

Founder Michael Sharpe commends the Council’s initiative, stating that Banana Shire’s vision aligns seamlessly with the Forum’s mission to leverage the AUKUS agreement for the benefit of all Australians, especially in rural and regional areas.

The partnership will provide local businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), direct access to AUKUS partners across Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Fostering Economic Growth and Innovation

Banana Shire Council’s strategic agenda focuses on attracting contracts, diversifying into the defence sector, and positioning the region as a first mover in this exclusive collaboration.

The foresight in choosing AUKUS Forum as the ideal partner underscores the commitment to fostering economic growth and innovation.

Upcoming Event in July 2024: A Platform for Opportunities

As part of the collaboration, an event scheduled for July 2024 aims to foster connection and collaboration across industries, providing a platform for local businesses to explore new opportunities.

Former Australian Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon and Former Australian Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos, Co-Chairs of the AUKUS Forum, express their support for the partnership, emphasising the forward-thinking approach of the Banana Shire Council.

Unleashing Untapped Talent in Regional Communities

Fitzgibbon and Sinodinos highlight that rural and regional communities often hold untapped talent eager to contribute.

This agreement ensures Banana Shire businesses are in direct contact with major national and international companies, spreading the benefits of AUKUS beyond capital cities.

In this era of collaboration, Banana Shire Council’s partnership with the AUKUS Forum symbolises a significant step towards bringing cutting-edge defence and technology projects to regional Queensland, fostering innovation and growth for the local community.