Minister impressed during Steber visit



Minister impressed during Steber visit

Federal Assistant Defence Minister, Michael McCormack was impressed with the quality of workmanship and diversity of manufacturing during a visit to Steber International’s Taree factory complex.
Mr McCormack visited the factory as part of a tour of the Lyne Electorate with sitting Member, Dr David Gillespie.
During the visit, Mr McCormack inspected a new 28ft vessel for a private Victoria client just prior to launch, as well as a new 38ft craft being completed for Port Macquarie Marine Rescue and due for delivery next month.
General manager, Mr Alan Steber said both men were impressed with the finish and detail of the vessels, along with others on the production line.
Mr McCormack also inspected the full scale model of the 3.5m Bluebottle surface surveillance drone which is currently under development.
He also witnessed work start on the 5.6m Bluebottle version, aptly name Bruce, after founder Bruce Steber, Bruce Heggie from the NSW South Coast and the character from the movie Finding Nemo.
This new Bluebottle is being developed under an Australian Defence Department CTD (Capability Technology Demonstrator vessel) program with a brief to produce a world-first unmanned surface
surveillance vessel to detect submarines.
Interestingly the hull design is by Wild Oats naval architect.
Dr Gillespie was full of praise for Steber’s manufacturing excellence and growing export capacity and noted that the company’s ongoing research and development program will help ensure Steber’s
continued growth and success.

Photo: David Gillespie and Michael McCormack inspect the Bluebottle prototype with Alan Steber.