Hunter Region - Astra
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Newcastle Airport’s CEO Dr
Peter Cock and BAE Systems Australia Director of Defence Delivery Andrew
Gresham recently ‘turned the first sod’ of the new 76-hectare Astra Aerolab
precinct planned at Williamtown.
The $11.7 million Astra Aerolab project is expected to create
jobs for aerospace engineers, aviation, IT and avionics specialist, while
growing employment in the Hunter region.
Newcastle Airport and BAE Systems Australia have recently
signed an agreement giving the defence contractor an option to lease land on stage
one of the site at Astra Aerolab.
Dr Peter Cock has said “the RAAF base Williamtown will
eventually be home to a majority of the Australian F-35A Joint Striker Fighter
fleet, so Astra will ultimately hold an extremely important place in developing
and maintaining our nation’s strategic defence capabilities.”
Andrew Gresham from BAE Systems has said that the
organisation would directly employ around 400 highly skilled people to support
the Joint Striker Fighter fleet during the 30 plus years of the aircraft’s
“This milestone is incredibly important for our business and
will facilitate the redevelopment of our existing Williamtown site,” Mr Gresham
Astra Aerolab will
become the pre-eminent space for innovation in aviation, defence and
aerospace-related manufacturing, maintenance, research and education. Read more
about the precinct here.