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Newsletter #45

April 2019

Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit


Last week, a delegation from the Consulate-General in Sydney attended the impressive Rabobank Farm2Fork summit on Cockatoo Island, in the middle of Sydney Harbour.
The audience of 1300 farmers, agribusiness leaders & researchers examined challenges & solutions for a sustainable future for farming & agriculture.
Mr Wiebe Draijer, Netherlands based chairman of Rabobank's managing board, said that ‘Australia and the Netherlands have both gone through an amazing agricultural revolution, bringing them to the forefront of productivity and to their role in the global food supply.’ However, ‘both countries should now shift to the next game of more sustainable processes’, as ‘what made agricultural countries successful in the past, will not win the next era'. You can read more about the Farm2Fork event on the Rabobank website, as well as watch the fascinating livestreams of the presentations that were given on the day by clicking on the button below.

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IDE Group opens European Headquarters in Rotterdam

Australian product innovation agency IDE Group recently opened its new European headquarters in CIC Rotterdam, from where it will serve its European partners. IDE Group has a solid track record in developing MedTech innovations in partnership with various associates such as Bayer and ResMed.

Rotterdam’s central location in Europe and its access to top talent made it a logical, strategic choice for IDE. During the LSH010 breakfast in the Rotterdam Science Tower, IDE Group received a cornerstone to commemorate the opening of its office. The stone was presented on behalf of Alderman of Economic development Barbara Kathmann as well as collaborating partners InnovationQuarter, Rotterdam Partners, NFIA and Life Sciences & Health 010, all of which supported IDE Group in setting up the new headquarters. To read more about it, please click on the button below.


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Daan Roosegaarde at the Melbourne Design Week

In March, we visited Melbourne design week where Daan Roosegaarde was the keynote speaker at the ‘Toxic City?’ event at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde is a creative thinker and maker of social designs which explore the relation between people, technology and space. Based in Rotterdam, he founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where they develop ‘Landscapes of the Future’, building smart sustainable prototypes for the cities of tomorrow. By pulling technology out of the screens, he examines and activates solutions to improve daily life in urban environments.

During his thought provoking presentation, Roosegaarde spoke about ways to build cleaner, healthier and more resilient cities through his innovative virtual floods, smart highways and smog-sucking towers. To learn more about Roosegaarde, click on the button below.

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Tritium opens European headquarters in Amsterdam

Brisbane-based Tritium officially opened its new European headquarters in Amsterdam last month. Tritium specialises in EV fast-charging solutions. The Amsterdam facility will be the center for Tritium’s European sales program and also house a state-of-the-art training and accreditation unit for technical servicing and customer support.  It will focus on developing customised products for local market needs and specific customer requirements. A major feature of the Amsterdam site is its ‘in confidence’ testing center that enables car manufacturers to do comprehensive and confidential testing ‘behind closed doors’.

“The opening of this facility represents a major investment and commitment to the European market,” explains David Finn, Tritium’s Co-founder and CEO, “and it’s in direct response to increased demand for our products and services from this region.’’

The worldwide transition from fossil fuel powered to electric powered cars is anything but fast and easy. You may have heard of Dutchman Wiebe Wakker, who is driving a one-off EV from the Netherlands to Australia. After 2,5 years of driving, he will be arriving in Sydney this Sunday, 7 April. Wiebe Wakker's journey proved that while the infrastructure for e-mobility exists, it’s still in its beginner phase. The Netherlands however, has one of the most dense EV-charger networks in the world.

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Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok visits Australia

Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok visited Sydney and Canberra last week. The visit mainly focused on the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.
In Sydney, Minister Blok met with his Australian counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation and the decision by Australia and the Netherlands to hold Russia responsible for its part in the tragedy. “Very good to see my colleague Marise Payne in Sydney”, the Minister wrote on Twitter. “The Netherlands and Australia hold a close friendship, bound even closer together after the downing of MH17”.

The Minister discussed other foreign policy issues, such as international cooperation on counterterrorism, China’s role on the world stage, Brexit, and recent developments in Afghanistan. Besides this, he met Dutch exchange students in Sydney. The minister also took the opportunity to meet the staff members of the Consulate General in Sydney and the Embassy in Canberra.
Minister Marise Payne released a statement after the meeting in which she thanks Minister Blok for his visit: “It was a pleasure to meet my friend and counterpart from the Netherlands Minister Blok in Sydney today. Together we reaffirmed our unwavering commitment to pursuing justice for all of those who lost their lives on flight MH17”, Minister Payne said.

To read more about the visit, please click on the button below.

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Internship vacancies at the Consulate-General in Sydney


The Netherlands Consulate General in Sydney is now recruiting for internships for the second half of 2019, in the area of communication and economic affairs.

For more information, you can click on the button below.

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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