MP welcomes government comments
THERE are positive signs for the future of Thales in Bendigo, according to Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters.
The defence manufacturer is vying for a government contract to build the Hawkei armoured vehicle.
Newly-appointed Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Roberts was quoted on ABC radio as saying the company could feel confident.
“I think there is cause to be confident that the Hawkei in terms of its test and evaluation is going very, very well,” he said.
“The timelines at this stage all seem to be being adhered to.
“So I think there is cause for some confidence.”
Mr Robert visited the Monegeetta Vehicle Proving Ground on Tuesday to inspect testing facilities.
Ms Chesters said the signs things appeared positive for Thales’ 200 local staff.
“It’s great to see that the incoming government also recognises how important this project is to Bendigo and that Thales is the best placed organisation in the world to deliver this contract,” she said.
“What I am advocating strongly for is a contract that locks in the work at the site for the next decade."
Ms Chesters said she wanted to see the contract negotiated and signed.