ESC meets

By Benalla Ensign

Benalla recently played host to the 500th meeting of the Thales Australia Explosives Safety Committee (ESC).

The Committee was established by future Governor General Baron Casey who, at the time, was Minister for Supply and Development, on October 2, 1939.

ESC Committee membership includes Department of Defence, Thales Australia and Independent representatives.

A Thales spokesperson said the committee had a combined experience of more than 350 years in the manufacturing, military, mining, and research and development sectors.

‘‘Over the last 10 years, Thales has invested $25million in new capital infrastructure,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘(That has gone) towards new product capabilities for the Australian Defence Force and its allies as well as $20million in self-funded research and development activities across the Benalla and Mulwala facilities.’’

In the past 20 years Thales in Benalla has safely:

●Produced more than 12000 tonnes of propellant;

●Driven explosive product more than 75millionkm around Australia, the equivalent of nearly 95 return trips to the moon.

●Disposed of more than 800000kg of out of life, obsolete or waste ADF inventory.