A series of workshops to help local businesses become ‘Defence Ready’ will be held in Rockingham from this week. The City of Rockingham has partnered with Business Foundations to deliver the workshops to increase businesses’ capability to secure defence-related contracts. About $1 billion in infrastructure projects expected to be delivered on HMAS Stirling over the next decade and the city hopes to help local businesses secure work through taking part in the workshops. The workshops are designed to be accessible for new attendees and will deliver crucial information about how to secure defence-related contracts. They will also cover business strategy to become a defence contractor, understanding defence contracts, preparing workforces for a defence contract and the defence industry security program. Management consultant Brenda Moore said engaging her business Happen Consulting in the contracting workshops seemed like a “great opportunity”. “As a long-term Rockingham resident I’m aware of the strategic importance of the Department of Defence to the local economy,” Ms Moore said. “It seemed like a great opportunity to learn how to best present myself in the tender process and also to meet with and learn about other local contractors and how we might be able to support each other.” Rockingham mayor Deb Hamblin said the city was firmly committed to supporting local businesses in obtaining work. “The growth of HMAS Stirling through infrastructure investment is presenting a wealth of opportunities to the local business community,” Ms Hamblin said. “With defence being a key industry in the Rockingham region, the city’s Defence Ready Business Workshops will empower local small-to-medium enterprises with the confidence and knowledge to obtain work in a highly competitive sector.” The Defence Ready Business Workshops will be held on April 28, May 12, May 26 and June 9. For more information or to register, visit rockingham.wa.gov.au/your-city/business-and-investment/defence-industry.