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Newsletter #25

April 2017

What's Making News?


First Nereda wastewater treatment plant in AU

Royal HaskoningDHV has announced the opening of the very first Nereda wastewater treatment plant in Australia. Located approximately 200km north west of Brisbane, in Kingaroy, known as the peanut capital of Australia, the new plant uses groundbreaking granular activated sludge technology to treat all of the town’s wastewater. As well as significantly reducing the amount of effluent discharged into the local river, it has enabled Class A recycled water to be used to irrigate local sports fields and a golf course.

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Deltares and the University of Western Australia work together

On Friday the 14th of April, the University of Western Australia (UWA), represented by Prof. Ryan Lowe, and Dutch research institute Deltares, represented by Simone van Schijndel, Regional Manager Australia and New Zealand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

The MOU highlights the desire of both institutions to increase collaboration on a broad range of research topics, in particular related to coastal dynamics, water quality modeling and offshore engineering. It is expected that the agreement will open up joint opportunities for joint research projects in Australia and the Indian Ocean region. Besides (applied) research projects, both institutions intend to work together on software development and professional training, and will promote exchange of researchers and students.

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Enel lands in Australia with largest solar PV project

Enel, through a joint venture between the Group’s fully-owned renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power S.p.A. (EGP) and Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), has closed an agreement to acquire Bungala Solar One, the first 137.5 MW1 phase of the 275 MW1 Bungala Solar PV project, which is currently the largest ready-to-build solar PV project in Australia, from Bungala Solar Holding Pty Ltd., a subsidiary of Australian developer Reach Solar Energy Pty Ltd.

The purchase of Bungala Solar Two, the second phase of the project, is expected to be closed in the third quarter of this year. The Bungala Solar project is located near Port Augusta in South Australia.



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Dutch feature in 'International Business Today'

The Export Council Australia features the Netherlands in their ‘International Business Today’ Autumn issue with the article: "Netherlands – The Gateway to Europe".

Jeroen Nijland of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency elaborates on why the Netherlands is the most connected economy  in the world and on how Australian companies are perceived as high-quality producers in the Netherlands.




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Dutch government invests $1.5 million in farming from outer space!

The Netherlands is a worldwide leader in the agrifood industry. It is home to over 4.150 agrifood companies and second for agrifood exports worldwide.
Now, the Netherlands embraces technology from a new level: outer space. The Dutch are using satellites to collect crop data, bringing innovation to solving the global food crisis. The new technique is called ‘precision farming’ and uses sensors that record soil quality, humidity, temperature and atmospheric pressure to analyse changes in crops and water quality. The data collected will help farmers to monitor crops closely, resulting in greater efficiency and sustainability.

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New leadership for Achmea Australia

Achmea Australia welcomes a new CEO, following the news that current CEO Timo van Voorden is returning to the Netherlands – the birthplace of Achmea – after five successful years spent launching and running the company here in Australia. Timo has been instrumental in setting up the Australian division, working to carve a niche for the organisation in mutual-based insurance and risk management for the farming community.

The Achmea Australia team wish Timo every success in the next stage of his career and is pleased to announce Emma Thomas as Timo’s successor.

Emma comes to Achmea Australia from FMG Insurance, a large farm insurer in New Zealand, where she’s already demonstrated herself to be a proven senior leader, gaining extensive experience in the agricultural and financial services industry. She has been a central figure in driving the overall growth, client satisfaction and market share strategies for FMG, which is New Zealand’s leading rural insurer.

Reflecting on her new role with Achmea Australia, Emma spoke of her keenness to build on the achievements already made by Timo and the company over the past five years in Australia.

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Damen Shipyards Group submits tender for Australian OPV

Damen Shipyards Group has submitted a tender for the SEA 1180 Phase 1 Project to deliver twelve Offshore Patrol Vessels to the Royal Australian Navy. To demonstrate its commitment to be on time and within specification delivery Damen submitted its response early.

Damen has teamed with ASC Forgacs Shipbuilding, a joint venture established to build the initial two ships in South Australia and a further 10 in Western Australia, to compete for the foundation project of Australia’s continuous Naval shipbuilding enterprise. The joint venture is already investing in infrastructure at the Henderson Shipbuilding Precinct in Western Australia in preparation for the OPV construction to move to WA.

Roland Briene, Damen Sales Director Asia Pacific, said: “We are fully committed to maximising Australian industry participation and supporting the development of a sustainable, national shipbuilding industry in Australia. This is fully in line with our standard practices where we partner with local organisations to help transform local shipbuilding industries into globally competitive shipyards.”


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Huisman celebrates 10th anniversary of its Chinese production facility

On Monday the 17th of April, Huisman, specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Chinese production facility: Huisman China. Since its opening on 17 April 2007, Huisman China delivers a significant contribution to the overall Huisman engineering and production capacity. The delivery of the 100th crane in 2015 signifies the added value of the Chinese Huisman production facility for the Huisman Group and its clients in the region.

Huisman CEO Joop Roodenburg said: “Huisman China is currently one of our most important assets because of its available facilities and capabilities. The fact that we additionally guarantee the corporate Huisman quality standards for our entire range of products is extremely important, especially in the current market”.

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Dutch Cargo Bike opens test centre in Canberra

On the 18th of April Dutch Cargo Bike opened a new test centre. After Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane you can now also go and test the Dutch Cargo Bikes in Canberra.

Naomi McLean, mum of 3 and passionate cargo bike rider is there to help you through the cargo bike maze. She has various styles of bikes on the floor and a world of experience to guide you finding the right bike.

You can contact Dutch Cargo Bike if you have any questions. They will get you in touch with Naomi to take some of their bikes for a test-ride. or by phone on 0458858713



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Dutch companies amongst fastest-growing

Five Dutch companies are named within the first 100 in the latest Financial Times list of the fastest-growing technology companies.

Catawiki, the online auction house for ‘unusual items’ was ranked 13th in the London paper’s list. Catawiki booked sales growth of 13,159% between 2012 and 2015, with turnover put at more than €300m in 2015.

The company now employs more than 500 people and plans to add another 100 in this quarter. Catawiki has some 12 milion vistors per month and is available in 17 languages.

The other Dutch companies on the FT list are: Dag1 (48), Gizmo Retail (55), Marqeting (81) and Massarius at number 95.



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AkzoNobel delivers SSPC Train the Painter program

AkzoNobel announce the launch of the SSPC Train the Painter program delivered by AkzoNobel. AkzoNobel are the only supplier offering this training globally ensuring consistent, high quality training can be delivered wherever required. SSPC Train the Painter has been developed by experienced industry professionals, delivered by the people who best understand the products and practice.

Undertaking the SSPC Train the Painter program the participant will gain an understanding of protective coatings and their application and obtain a globally recognized industry certification. They will learn about surface preparation, the maintenance and operation of spray equipment and measuring environmental conditions.

For further information in relation to this program, you can email

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Boon Edam installs tallest revolving doors in Melbourne’s Rialto Towers

Global architectural revolving door leader Boon Edam has enhanced the aesthetics, efficiency and functionality of the entrance to Melbourne’s Rialto Towers by installing five of the largest revolving doors in the Southern Hemisphere, each standing 5 metres tall.

Boon Edam – which has dozens of Fortune 500 companies among its global clients, including some of the world’s largest firms – already has more than 100 installations in Australia, spanning office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, retail outlets, hotels, restaurants and national attractions visited by millions of people a year.

The new doors are a striking focal point of the $100m regeneration project for the Rialto building, managed by Built, to modernise the building and extend it by wrapping new buildings around its base.

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Smart City 360 videos online

The GSC3 presents the Virtual Reality 360 videos of the following cities: Adelaide, Canberra, Ipswich, Lake Macquarie, Moreton Bay and Newcastle.

When you watch the videos on your phone or with VR glasses, you get a real life experience of each city! The representatives of each city, often the mayors, tell you all about their plans for the future and their signature smart cities projects.

These cities have all signed Memoranda of Understandings with the Dutch-led GSC3 organisation, a platform for international smart city collaboration.





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What's Happening?


APPEA Conference

APPEA is the Australian oil and gas industry’s premier annual event. The conference features exhibitors such as AkzoNobel, APPEA, BP, KPMG, the Australian government, CSIRO, Deloitte, Optus, Shell and more can be found at the conference.

It will take place from 14-17 May in Perth.

APPEA Conference

Vacancy for honorary consul in SA


Vacacy for honorary consul in SA

The diplomatic missions in Australia have a vacancy for an honorary consul in South-Australia.

Interested? Please send an application letter, with your resume and photo, by email to, attention of Ambassador Erica Schouten.


Applications should be received by 15 June 2017 COB.


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