Fisher Defence Industry Workshop
10 October 2017 – 8am
University of the Sunshine Coast
Following his two successful Defence Industry Forums, Andrew is taking the initiative forward with a Fisher Defence Industry Workshop on Tuesday 10 October 2017 at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). This will be a workshop style session where you will be placed in a small group with a mentor who can guide you individually through the process of Defence Industry engagement. It will suit businesses in our community who are keen to explore these growth opportunities in detail. Places are strictly limited, but you can register through:
Selected Past Events
Politics in the Pub with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
22 September 2017
Andrew brought the Prime Minister to Caloundra RSL to talk informally to 300 Sunshine Coasters in a ‘Politics in the Pub’. The Prime Minister took questions for more than an hour and then mingled informally with attendees. Many people had the opportunity to meet the PM and to ask him a question in a wide ranging discussion.
Stronger Communities Programme Information Sessions
17 – 19 July 2017
Beerwah CWA Hall, Caloundra CCSA Hall, Lake Kawana Community Centre, Mooloolaba Bowls Club, Maleny RSL
Andrew held five community information sessions on the Stronger Communities Programme at venues around the electorate. There was $150,000 allocated to the electorate of Fisher in Round 3 of this grant programme to make grants of between $2,500 and $20,000 to up to 20 local community groups for purchasing new equipment or building improvements. Following these information sessions and the collection of Expressions of Interest, Andrew selected the projects to recommend for funding together with a committee of local community leaders.
Fisher Defence Industry Breakfast
28 June 2017
Parklands Tavern, Meridan Plains
As part of taking forward Andrew’s Fisher Defence Industry Initiative, Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret) spoke to 50 local businesses about Australia’s future defence procurement needs. He spoke about his experience of Defence force procurement and explored some next steps for Sunshine Coast companies.
Fisher Defence Industry Forum
17 May 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre, Sippy Downs
In pursuit of his objective to help to diversify the Sunshine Coast economy, Andrew hosted the inaugural Sunshine Coast Defence Industry Forum. Andrew invited the Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability as well as a number of prime defence contractors and small businesses who have won defence contracts to present to more than 150 Sunshine Coast business owners. Attendees learnt about how businesses on the Coast can increase their chances of winning part of the Government’s unprecedented $200bn, ten year defence procurement spend, and had the opportunity to ask the Minister questions.
Fisher Small Business Roadshow
15 May 2017
Lake Kawana Hotel, Kawana
Andrew invited the Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack to deliver a Small Business Q&A at the Best Western Lake Kawana Hotel. Representatives of the Small Business Ombudsman and the Australian Tax Office were also available to answer local business leaders’ questions. Local businesses heard more about the support that the Turnbull Government provides to small businesses and how local firms can take advantage of the Government’s small business tax cut, instant asset write off scheme and simplified regulations.
Fisher Housing Affordability Roundtable
18 April 2017
Dicky Beach Surf Club
Sunshine Coast community housing groups, industry bodies, developers, builders and the Council met with Assistant Minister to the Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar MP, in a housing affordability forum organised by Andrew. Participants discussed a range of topics including housing for vulnerable Australians and people living with a disability, housing affordability for young people, growth in rents and housing for older Australians.