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With Christmas around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on the achievements of the year. As a network, ICN has grown this year, both in our offerings and out partnerships, all for the benefit of Australian and New Zealand small and medium enterprises. And we intend to keep up the pace into the New Year. 

This edition, we bring you news of an exciting collaboration with the Australian National University, which will benefit ACT business, as well as the ACT itself. 

Meanwhile, ICN Tasmania has partnered with Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania to develop the Renewable Energy – Tasmanian Supply Chain Capability Directory; and the South Australian Government is working with ICN SA to identify local and First Nations suppliers for a world-leading hydrogen power station, electrolysers and storage facility near Whyalla. 

Still in the renewables sector, ICN NSW is working with Destiny Wind Pty Ltd to develop a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the Hunter coast. 

Over in Western Australia, Fortescue is focused on becoming the world’s number one integrated green technology, energy and metals company, and is using ICN Gateway to identify local suppliers that will help them meet zero terrestrial emissions by 2030. 

In the Northern Territory, yet another resources company, Tivan, is working with ICN to identify local suppliers for the Mount Peake and Speewah projects in northern Australia. 

Earlier this quarter, more than 140 business people from across the Geelong region attended ICN Victoria’s regional showcase to learn about the latest opportunities and network with other businesses. 

To round off the activities across our network, ICN Qld is working with Multiplex Constructions to expose local companies to a raft of project opportunities in a new $1.3 billion hospital on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  

Finally, ICN offices across the country are working with the newly established Australian Submarine Agency to help identify local capability for Australia’s nuclear- powered submarine program. 

In non-project news, we spoke to our credit partner, CreditSource, about the importance of financial due diligence to minimise risks in major projects. And we also celebrate the success of our presence at Indo Pac and our online Climate and Manufacturing Summit. 

From all of us at ICN, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

Bettina Venner
Chair – ICN Executive Directors


ICN Showcase

Louise Wakefield, ICN. Photo: Thomas Lucraft.

ICN ACT benefits from young, fresh insights

When ICN’s ACT business manager Louise Wakefield agreed to promote an Australian National University (ANU) opportunity to the territory’s small businesses, she soon realised how beneficial the program would be to ICN ACT itself.

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program involves high-caliber ANU student teams developing innovative solutions specific to each participating business. The students are supported by academic mentors to use the business model canvas to provide helpful insights and ideas, as well as different views into specific markets.
Read More Here.

 


Project News


Offshore wind slated for the Hunter Region

ICN NSW is working with Destiny Wind Pty Ltd to develop a proposed floating offshore wind farm off the Hunter coast. 
 
The project comes on the heels of the Australian Government declaring the Hunter region suitable for offshore wind.
Read More Here.

South Australia’s Hydrogen Jobs Plan – Hydrogen Power Station, Electrolysers, and Storage Facility

South Australia is primed to become a first-mover, low-cost hydrogen supplier with the State Government committing $593 million to the Hydrogen Jobs Plan to build a world-leading hydrogen power station, electrolysers and storage facility near Whyalla.

The project includes:

  • 250MWe of electrolysers
  • 200MW of power generation
  • a renewable hydrogen storage facility.

Read More Here.

Gold Coast suppliers to benefit from major hospital project ICN QLD

Multiplex Constructions has been awarded the tender to lead the design stage of a new $1.3 billion hospital on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is working with ICN Qld to expose local companies to a raft of opportunities.

The Coomera hospital is part of the State Government’s Capacity Expansion Program, which ensure residents of some of Queensland’s fast-growing regions have access to world-class health care.

It will deliver 404 new beds, including surgical, medical, ambulatory, sub-acute and mental health inpatient beds to the community.
Read More Here.

Real zero Goal for Fortescue

Western Australian metals company, Fortescue is focused on becoming the world’s number one integrated green technology, energy and metals company. 
 
The company has a costed plan to decarbonise its Australian iron ore operations in mining, port, rail, non-process infrastructure and mobile fleet in the Pilbara to achieve zero terrestrial emissions by 2030.
Read More Here.

Peter McCracken Profile – Work in the Geelong Region

In October, Geelong’s vibrant business community came alive as over 140 entrepreneurs and leaders gathered for ICN Victoria’s regional showcase.

This dynamic event was a hotspot for CEOs and business development managers from the region, providing a rare opportunity to dive into a staggering $17.2 billion investment landscape, spread across 164 ground breaking projects.
Read More Here.

Nuclear Powered Submarine Program Industry Portal

ICN offices across the country are working with the newly established Australian Submarine Agency to help identify local capability for Australia’s nuclear- powered submarine program.

The AUKUS project will deliver a world-class capability that will see Australia become one of only seven countries that operate nuclear-powered submarines.

“Australia’s nuclear powered submarine program is creating and delivering significant opportunities for Australians – we need people and businesses to support the sustainment and construction of this critical capability,” ICN National Office Chief Executive Officer, Warren Jansen said.
Read More Here.

 


National Events

IndoPac Success

It was great to be able to showcase the strength of the Industry Capability Network (ICN) at the Indo-Pacific 2023 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney this year.

The three-day event recorded a little over 27,000 attendances across the three days, up from 25,000 in 2022.
Read More Here.

Clean Energy & Manufacturing Summit Highlights

The recently concluded ICN Clean Energy & Manufacturing Summit 2023 marked a pivotal moment for Industry leaders, Government representatives, and stakeholders in the manufacturing and Clean Energy Sectors.

Hosted in a virtual setting for maximum accessibility, the summit served as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration and networking.
Read More Here.

 


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