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Jade North from Bridgeman

Jade North is a proud Biripi man from Taree in New South Wales. With an impressive sporting career, Jade is not only a two-time A-League championship winner and Olympian, he was the first Indigenous captain for the Socceroos.

An ambassador for the Mini Roos, the Leukemia Foundation, the Indigenous Games and the Indigenous Football Championships, Jade also has an impressive career beyond the sports field.

Jade is an owner of Bridgeman in Brendale, north of Brisbane—one of the biggest Indigenous owned and controlled metal fabricators in the country.

“We provide customised solutions for all kinds of jobs from handrails and benches to large-scale commercial kitchens—for a variety of industries, including defence,” Jade said.

“We are very keen to expand our operations to service the defence sector. One recent achievement in this space is becoming a preferred supplier for Boeing Defence Australia, along with some commercial projects for defence primes.

“There are great opportunities in being part of the supply chain for defence industries and we hope to really expand in this area over the coming years.”

Jade is just one of the faces of defence industries in Queensland. This sector provides thousands of jobs for Queenslanders, so we’re helping it grow even stronger.

Last updated: 16 Nov 2021