WA Govt engages Deloitte for feasibility study on prospective tech hub

The Western Australian Government has recruited consultancy Deloitte to deliver a feasibility study and business case for a proposed Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Hub (AMTECH) in the southwest of the state.

Regional Development Minister, Don Punch, said the successful tenderer would investigate “the preferred model, location, structure, and services for an AMTECH” in the Bunbury-Geographe area.

Deloitte will be tasked with delivering a detailed project plan, an economic benefit analysis, and a financial viability plan, as well as market demand, feasibility, and engineering design studies.

AMTECH is expected to lift industry competitiveness by providing local businesses with access to “cutting-edge infrastructure, industry 4.0 technology, research, education, and training.”

The South West Development Commission is the lead agency for the proposal.

Minister Punch said the appointment of the consulting firm represented “the next step in a bid to create a world-class hub” for industry in the south west region.

“Regional Western Australia is the powerhouse of the state’s economy and deserves access to infrastructure, technology and training that unlocks opportunities for industry,” he said.

“This is another great example of industry and government working together with the aim of producing economic outcomes that will transform industry prospects and unlock business and quality job opportunities in the future.”

Chair of the SW AMTECH steering group Clive Brown added that the State Government had identified technology and advanced manufacturing as a priority to further help diversify WA’s economy and create jobs.