Forward icon
Can't view this email? Click here

Newsletter #48

July 2019

Ambassador Derckx's first visit to Perth demonstrates Western Australia's dynamic economy


From June 24 to 28, H.E. Ambassador Marion Derckx visited Western Australia for her first official visit. It allowed her to see first-hand how the dynamic economy of Western Australia is transforming and diversifying.

Amongst others, she met with the Western Australian Minister of Agriculture, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan, to discuss regeneration of agricultural land and new possibilities that hydrogen and the concept of a circular economy provides. During a tour of the bustling Fremantle port, the Ambassador could see how WA’s busiest port operates, courtesy of the Freight and Logistics Council of WA. She also met with Shell chairman Zoe Yujnovich and had lunch with Dutch companies that are active in WA.

The week long program showed that although Western Australia is 68 times larger than the Netherlands, there is a lot of synergy and cooperation between the two, which we hope to build upon for future cooperation.


TMF Group launches Global Business Complexity Index

TMF Group recently launched a Global Business Complexity Index aimed at helping businesses (particularly start-ups) venture across different jurisdictions. The report highlights the rules, regulations and penalties, accounting and tax, and hiring, firing and paying employees of many countries, including Australia and the Netherlands. Mark Weil, CEO of TMF Group states: “The business landscape has become more challenging. Any business looking to expand into new territories faces a formidable array of potential hurdles.” As such, one of the objectives of this report is to provide businesses with a good understanding beforehand to minimise such challenges. For a brief summary of the report, please click the button below.

Read more

Fugro hosts MoU signing, allowing WA to develop space industry

On July 10, 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Fugro’s Remote Operations Facility, securing a AU$6 million investment in Western Australia’s plans to further develop the nation’s space industry. Fugro was originally founded in 1962 in the Netherlands by Kees Joustra. Its aim is to better understand the complexities and changes on planet Earth by collecting Geo-data, making it a fitting location for the signing.

Those present at the signing included Federal Science Minister Karen Andrews, WA Science Minister Dave Kelly, Dr Megan Clarke Head of the Australian Space Agency and WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken. Read more by clicking on the button below.

Read more

Pulse Consortium reaches financial close on the Cross River Rail tunnel, stations and development

Countless companies, sponsors, and equity providers have helped reach a financial close with the State of Queensland to deliver the Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) package of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Project. BAM International is responsible for the design and construction. The Pulse consortium sponsors and equity providers include BAM PPP PGGM, Pacific Partnerships, Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), and Ghella Investments and Partnerships.

The Cross River Rail project, South East Queensland’s largest ever infrastructure project, includes design and construction of a new 10.2 km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills including 5.9 km twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and the Central Business District (CBD). Read more via the link below.

Read more

Bankstown Line metro upgrade contract awarded AU$26 million to Arcadis Australia

A AU$26 million contract to deliver the metro upgrade of the T3 Bankstown Line between Sydenham and Bankstown in Sydney has been awarded to Metron T2M, a joint venture between Arcadis Australia Pacific, the local branch of the globally active Dutch engineering, design and management consulting company, and Mott MacDonald Australia.

Metron T2M, will deliver design services for the stations and the railway corridor between Marrickville and Punchbowl. Read more on the website of Infrastructure Magazine.

Read more

FRESH Conference, with a successful Dutch touch


"Agricultural exports are like the Women’s soccer World Cup: America first, Netherlands second”. This was the fitting opening line from Frank van Beuningen’s introduction last week at the FRESH conference, organised by the Western Sydney Business Chamber.

Western Sydney is building a new airport, including a so-called agribusiness precinct. Since the Netherlands is only the size of 2/3rds of Tasmania, but is the runner up in the world when it comes to agricultural export, Dutch knowledge on agriculture is sought all over the world.

This became clear as the FRESH conference was headlined by two Dutch speakers. Meiny Prins from Priva highlighted opportunities for sustainable urban deltas, where green belts are integrated in a city environment. Arcadis’ Director of European Cities Carolien Gehrels talked about how important the strong ecosystem in the Netherlands, which fosters innovation and collaboration, has been in delivering a successful agribusiness sector in the Netherlands.

It was an inspiring day for everyone and we look forward to future Dutch-Australian cooperation in the field of agribusiness.


Websites Ministry of Foreign Affairs


For Dutch people abroad: (NL) (EN)

For foreigners interested in NL: (EN)


If you're interested in investing in the Netherlands, visit 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