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The HunterNet Defence Conference was held on 19th – 20th September 2016 at Crowne Plaza Newcastle. The aim of this annual event is to educate SME’s about opportunities in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Hunter Valley area and link them with defence.

We welcomed several guest speakers to the Conference, including:

  • Hon Anthony Roberts – NSW Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy
  • Air Marshall (RET) John Harvey AM
  • Mike Kalms – KPMG
  • Katie Louis – First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy Division
  • Andrew Garth – Centre for Defence Industry Capability, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • AIR VICE-MARSHALL Mel Hupfeld – AO DSC Head Force Design
  • Mike Deeks – CSC Managing Director
  • Sharon Wilson – BAE Systems – Head of Industry Strategy
  • Andrew Doyle – Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Australian F-35 Representative
  • GPCAPT Pete Mitchell – Jerico Project Director
  • A/Prof Bill Petreski – Director of Innovation and Commercialisation Strategy, KPMG Innovate
  • Rear Admiral Tony Dalton – Head Joint Systems Division

A particular highlight of this year’s Conference was the Gala Dinner, held on the evening of 19th September. We were fortunate to have Mark Donaldson VC as our guest speaker. In addition, to acknowledge the critical transition from the 4th to a 5th generation era of capability for the Royal Australian Air Force, Australia’s former Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal (retired) Geoff Brown congratulated Number 3 Squadron on the 100th anniversary of its service in protecting the nation.

We are very grateful for the support of the following sponsor companies:

  • NSW Department of Industry
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Defence Reserves Support
  • Forgacs
  • Dexata
  • Goal Professional Services
  • Williamtown Aerospace Centre
  • GHD
  • University of Newcastle


HunterNet Defence Conference in the Media

Lockheed Martin welcomes in RAAF’s 5th Generation F-35A Squadron

Harbour Hope for Hunter Defence Contracts – NBN News 19th September 2016

NSW Government Vows to help Protect and Promote Defence Jobs in the Hunter – Newcastle Herald 19th September 2016

HunterNet Conference Confirms NSW Strong Defence Commmunity – Australian Defence Magazine 22nd September 2016