Capability News

As we come to the end of another year of ICN working with suppliers and major project owners to ensure Australian business remains viable, this edition of Capability News brings you success stories from across the country, in various sectors including mining, infrastructure and defence.

There is a buzz in the shipbuilding industry Australia-wide, with some never-before-seen opportunities in shipbuilding as well as associated infrastructure.

The main players in the resurgence, BAE Systems, Navantia, Lockheed Martin, Naval Group and the Naval Ship Management Joint Venture, have all worked with ICN to list work packages on ICN Gateway, and a number of industry briefings have been held across the country.

In Queensland, ICN continue to support Watpac on the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) defence project, which to date has included various workshops and industry briefings, and numerous packages on Gateway, with overwhelming response from industry.

Brisbane’s Queen’s Wharf Precinct redevelopment, due to open in 2022, will put Queensland’s capital city on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment precinct. ICN Queensland continue to support Destination Brisbane Consortium and associated contractors in the procurement phase of the project.

In South West Sydney, work is well underway on the $2b Moorebank Logistics Park, which will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver significant economic and environmental benefits.

Our Queensland and West Australian offices have both been working on new mining projects, with both Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals listing work packages on Gateway.

Meanwhile, in the Top End, the Warren Park Rugby League stadium has hit the 50 per cent completion milestone, creating 100 local jobs during the construction phase.

Finally, ICN consultants throughout the country have been busy with events and workshops, including the annual Victorian Manufacturing Showcase and the second South Australian Energy Efficiency Expo.

From all of us at ICN, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and trust you will have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.\


Mike Swart
Kevin Peters
Co-chairs ICN Executive Directors

Shipbuilding spearheads industry resurgence

Australian industry is seeing a resurgence on the back of opportunities in the shipbuilding industry.

That’s the message from ICN SA consultant Jeremy Satchell, who says individual companies are gearing themselves up for never-before-seen opportunities.

“There is a challenge ahead, but I think industry will be pleasantly surprised at how they are able to supply into these projects into the future,” he said.

Australia's largest freight infrastructure project boost for South West

ICN NSW is working with Qube Holdings on the development of Moorebank Logistics Park, which will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver significant economic and environmental benefits.

Fortescue and ICN WA committed to supporting local suppliers

With news earlier this year that Fortescue Metals Group’s (Fortescue) Board of Directors approved the development of Eliwana, a new mine and rail project in the Pilbara, ICN WA is providing its ICN Gateway platform and vendor identification services to assist Fortescue with their Australian Industry Participation Plan.

Prawn farm attracts local supplier interest

The world’s biggest prawn farm is closer to reality with confirmation that Seafarms Group Limited has secured a 90-year sublease on Legune Station in the Northern Territory.  

A new world-class resort for Brisbane

A new world-class integrated resort development is being constructed that will put Brisbane on the map as a tourism, leisure and entertainment destination.

Warren Park hits halfway milestone

The Northern Territory’s new rugby league stadium has hit a 50 per cent completion milestone and is on track to host the combined affiliated states men’s carnival in June next year, which will see the NT Titans play on front of their home town supporters.

Local suppliers big winners with Amrun

The Amrun project is a USD $1.9B greenfield bauxite construction project, located between Weipa and Aurukun in Western Cape York, Far North Queensland. The new development will eventually replace the existing East Weipa mine centre and develop the high-quality bauxite reserves available south of the Weipa Peninsula. The project involves the staged increase in production of up to 50 million dry product tonnes per annum (mdptpa).

Energy efficiency takes centre stage

The second Energy Efficiency Expo and Seminar was again hosted by ICN SA and the Department for Industry and Skills in Adelaide.

Member for Newland, Dr Richard Harvey opened the event, which attracted around 350 delegates and 33 exhibitors.

'Bright future' for Victorian Manufacturing

Geelong has played host to the fifth annual Victorian Manufacturing Showcase, presented by the Victorian Government in conjunction with ICN Victoria.

The showcase, hosted at the newly redeveloped GMHBA Stadium in the famed Kardinia Park precinct, provided all attendees with an invaluable opportunity to hear from some of the most innovative local companies present on their opportunities and challenges to evolve, grow and prosper in a changing landscape.