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Newsletter #27

June 2017

What's Making News?


Next stop Australia: Prelude sets sail

Nine months after the Dutch King and Queen visited the Prelude project team at the Shell Australia headquarters in Perth, the floating liquified natural gas (FLNG) facility has started its journey to Australia. Holland Hub Australia member companies Bayards, KT Maritime and others successfully worked with Shell to complete the construction phase of the Prelude project.

The world’s biggest floating facility and a feat of engineering, Shell’s 488m-long Prelude FLNG platform will extract and process gas from the Prelude and Concerto gas fields. Prelude FLNG is an important project in Shell’s portfolio and will provide liquified natural gas for customers around the world

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Dutch Design Collective at Sydney

In anticipation of the opening of the NL Curated // Dutch Contemporary Design pop up shop in Surry Hills, NSW in October this year, the Consulate-General  brings you a taste of some of the wonderful Dutch design brands that will all be sold in the store. Siba Sahabi, Leff, United Nude, ByBorre, Stiger Woods, Studio Drift, Vlieger & Vandam, Mae Engelgeer and Olivier van Herpt will all be exhibiting in the Dutch Design Collective at Sydney Indesign. Indesign is one of Sydney’s largest bi-annual design events and features exhibitions, seminars and interactive showrooms throughout Sydney.



Please pop in to our Dutch Design Collective during Sydney Indesign! We will be open on Friday 11 August from 12-9pm and on Saturday 12 August from 12 to 6pm. You can find us in the lower room (close to the registration desk) at The Venue, 55 Moody Street in Alexandria. The Venue is Indesign’s large exhibition space this year where, besides the Dutch Design Collective, another 30 odd Australian and international designers will showcase their designs.

For more information please have a look at the Sydney Indesign website.

Registration for Indesign is free.

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Huisman co-signs Green Deal Ultra Deep Geothermal Energy

In the future, 30% of the industrial heat requirement can be delivered by Ultra Deep Geothermal Energy. Recently, the Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and the Environment, EBN, TNO and seven consortia of companies have signed the so-called Green Deal Ultra Deep Geothermal Energy (UDG). This is an important step to map the opportunities for UDG in the Netherlands and to provide a basis for further development of this technology. The Green Deal was signed during the annual presentation of the EBN-report 'Focus on Energy' in The Hague, the Netherlands.


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AUSNED water management study tour

An invitation to join a study tour in October 2017 is open for professionals to explore the Netherlands, deepen their knowledge on water and flood risk management, expand their international contacts and be part of an ongoing AUSNED water management collaboration.  During this tour, participants will visit various organisations and sites demonstrating smart urban, coastal defense and regional river adaption solutions to flood, water and climate change risks.  Full details can be found in the brochure and enquiries for you or other interested colleagues can be sent to

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Arcadis wins IREA role on West Gate Tunnel Project

Arcadis has won the West Gate Tunnel Project - Independent Reviewer and Environmental Auditor (IREA) Services contract in Melbourne. The West Gate Tunnel Project is a proposed tunnel and elevated motorway that will connect the West Gate Freeway with the Port of Melbourne, CityLink and the CBD. It will provide an alternative river crossing and ease pressure on the West Gate Bridge.

Arcadis will provide independent review and environmental auditing services during the Preferred Respondent as well as the Design and Construction phases.

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Otazu is featured by Husk Australia

Husk Australia has chosen Otazu to be part of the photo shoot for their Fall/Winter 2017 lookbook. Moreover, Otazu jewelry was added to the Husk brand selection. Otazu is developing an exclusive jewelry line for this fashion forward department store, an elegant and wearable collection that matches perfectly with the Husk in house brands and style. The aim is to have these pieces in stores by September 2017 and Husk will be adding even more styles from the Otazu Couture collections later this year, closer to the holidays!

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The Netherlands and Australia find ways to live with water through serious gaming

The Flood Community of Practice workshop regarding ‘Our future in living with Water’ took place in Brisbane last week as follow up on the Dutch State Visit last November.

The workshop was chaired by Simone de Kleermaeker, Regional coordinator Oceania at Deltares, and Brian Jackson, Senior Principal Engineer at WaterTechnology. They provided an overview of various tools that can be used in stakeholder engagement and consultation. Subsequently, the 40 workshop participants were divided into two groups. One group experienced the Sustainable Delta game representing a floodplain river section and the other group utilised the Smart Scanner simulating flash flooding. The Smart Scanner was launched late last year by the King and Queen of the Netherlands at the Queensland University of Technology during their State Visit to Australia.

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€75 million fund doubles down on world-class Dutch emerging technology startups

A new fund, called Innovation Industries, launched last week. It might be a boon for hightech companies. The fund of 75 million euros will be used to invest in around 20 promising hightech startups over a period of 10 years. The round was led by the pension fund PME and the European Investment Fund (EIF). PME invested 25 million euros in the fund.

Innovation Industries aims to accelerate the capitalisation of the world-class education and research done at the Dutch technological universities, the research organisations TNO and ECN and to help already established hightech companies scale faster. “Innovation Industries is a specialist fund interested in companies that are developing commercially promising products and technologies in attractive technology fields”, says Harm de Vries, General Partner at the fund to StartupJuncture.

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Miguel Maestre and Gary Mehigan in WITLOFT aprons

During the last weekend of June, WITLOFT had a stand at the Good Food and Wine Show in Sydney. They inducted two new members to the WITLOFT family: celebrity Chef Miguel Maestre and Masterchef judge and host Gary Mehigan. Miguel Maestre is a Spanish-born Australian chef and best known for presenting TV programmes such as Miguel's Feast, and Miguel's Tropical Kitchen. Gary Mehigan is an English Australian chef, restaurateur and judge on Masterchef Australia, and co-hosts Good Chef, Bad Chef. Together, Maestre and Mehigan presented the Australian cooking series Boys Weekend.

Stay up to date with WITLOFT by following them on instagram. Since WITLOFT's arrival in Australia, the Dutch brand has been growing steadily.

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Dutch Minister Schultz opens new Testing Ground for Self-Driving Cars

The Netherlands is strong when it comes to innovation and developing smart traffic solutions.

Since the 26th of June, the Netherlands is home to a new self-driving cars research and testing lab. Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Ms. Melanie Schultz van Haegen, opened the new facility in The Green Village of TU Delft in June.

The facility will collaborate with 'the Rotterdam-The Hague Metropolitan Area' on testing new technologies and concepts on public roads.




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What's Happening?


Protected Cropping Australia

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Future Growing’ and the conference will include a combination of business, networking and social events as well as a field trip on the final day of the conference. There will be an impressive industry exhibition, a large variety of presentations to choose from, exciting keynote speakers, workshops and field days, the welcome reception and conference dinner.

The conference takes place in Adelaide from the 9th until the 12th of July 2017. It is estimated that the conference will attract over 5000 visitors. There is a Holland stand at the exhibition represented by the Dutch Embassy. This creates an opportunity for Dutch companies to showcase their activities. The Holland Green Machine, a specialist in spray robots, is present at the Holland stand.

Check out this video to learn more about Dutch Horticulture.

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Websites Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Websites Ministry of Foreign Affairs

In April this year the Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched three new websites. Hereby we would once again like to remind you of the URLs where you will be able to find all information.

For Dutch people abroad: (NL) (EN)


For foreigners interested in NL: (EN)


If you're interested in investing in the Netherlands you can check out the website of the NFIA.


Consulate-General of the Netherlands in Sydney


Level 23, Tower 2 - 101 Grafton Street (cnr Grosvenor street), Sydney, Australia Bondi Junction NSW 2022

T: +61 2 8305 6807