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Newsletter #50

September 2019

Annual Honorary Consul Conference held in Canberra


Last week all our Honorary Consuls came to Canberra for our yearly 'Honorary Consul Conference'. During this visit, they reported on their experiences and discussed developments in their states, territories, and countries. The conference was also a perfect chance to discover new opportunities for cooperation.

Our six Honorary Consuls are the local "eyes and ears" of each state and they look for interesting economic opportunities for Dutch businesses. Additionally, they also meet with Dutch businesses visiting their respective areas to provide support and insight. Western Australia is represented by Anthony Willinge, South Australia (and N.T.) is represented by Frank Weits, Victoria is represented by Richard Mendelsohn, Tasmania is represented by Peter Sypkes, Queensland is represented by Karel de Laat, and finally Papua New Guinea is represented by Stan Joyce.

During the conference, H.E. Mr. Matthew Neuhaus, the Australian ambassador to the Netherlands, joined for lunch.

All in all, the week was packed and inspiring, making the 'Honorary Consul Conference' a success.

To learn more about the activities of our Honorary Consuls, please click "Read More"

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The First “Sea Outlet” is Ready For Use

The first big outlet for the electrical net on sea, also known as platform Borssele Alpha, has become a reality thanks to TenneT. With this new system, wind energy from the wind parks Borssele I and II (700MW) will be transported to the mainland.

Borssele Alpha is said to provide 2.5% of the Dutch electrical use starting next year. More of these stations will be set-up in the coming years. According to the Paris Agreement, 70% of our energy use should be sustainable by 2030. For that reason, “sea outlets” are a step in the right direction in order to achieve this goal.

To learn more about this project and its future implications, please click “Read more” [in Dutch].

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"CES Unveiled" Returns to Amsterdam

On October 17, 2019, the third edition of CES Unveiled will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. This is the largest tech fair in the world and it will be organised by Startup Delta, an organization aimed at growing the startup ecosystem of the Netherlands.

The event will feature a conference with Consumer Technology Association (CTA) executives and industry leaders to discuss how technologies are improving our lives. The event will transition into an Exhibition and Networking Experience where around 100  companies from the Netherlands and surrounding regions will showcase their latest emerging and innovative technologies. This will include topics such as: artificial intelligence (AI), health and wellness, as well as smart cities.

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CFA displays Dutch mobile water supply equipment at AFAC 2019

At the AFAC 2019 Conference in Melbourne in August, Hytrans mobile water supply equipment was a major attraction. The Hytrans system comes from Lemmer, the Netherlands and they transport their systems worldwide. Australian company Bluemont, distributes Hytrans systems in Australia and New Zealand, mostly to fire brigades and the petro-chemical industry.

The Country Fire Authority of Victoria (CFA) displayed their valued CFA Hytrans Hose Layer truck, which is stationed at Scoresby Fire Station. Both CFA in Victoria and Fire + Rescue NSW own Hytrans units, which are especially important in the face of increasing fire danger and extreme flood events.

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Pauline van Dongen Takes on the World Solar Challenge

We are very proud to announce our embassy’s cooperation with Dutch fashion designer Pauline van Dongen during the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

From 14 until 17 October, Pauline will give a brand new workshop called “SUN LACED" at TAFE SA Arts & Design in Adelaide. The program revolves around combining solar technology with wearable design. Participants will work hands-on with solar cells and develop knowledge on how to integrate them in clothing and soft textile products.

For more information about the workshop, please email Eager to learn more about Pauline and her designs? Follow the link below!

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Aurecon partners with Deltares to strengthen adaptive planning capability in Australia

Global engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the independent, non-profit, Dutch based institute for applied water research Deltares. The goal is to utilise adaptive planning capabilities to assist the Australian water sector in order to navigate future hurdles and increase its resilience to possible environmental challenges.

According to Aurecon Strategic Water Planning Lead Shane Tyrrell, “Many of Australia’s largest water service providers have recognised the need for adaptive planning and are actively exploring these techniques in their future planning.” For that reason, the Netherlands is used as a prominent example since it is protected against flooding and prepared for weather extremes largely due to the establishment of the Delta Programme, which Deltares played a key role in.

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The Netherlands is the First Country to Ratify Construction of World’s Largest Telescope in Western Australia


The Netherlands is the first country to ratify participation in the construction of the world's largest radio telescope. The telescope will be built in Australia, specifically Western Australia, and South Africa. The intergovernmental organisation Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory will build and operate the project.

The goal of the project is to generate large sums of data; one petabyte per second, which is three times the worldwide internet traffic in 2018. The benefits of this project is that it will generate employment, activity for industry and knowledge for society. As such, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, Astron, is investing AUD50 million into the project.

Other countries that have signed the Convention but still undergoing similar ratification processes are Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, Italy and Portugal. 

The image is an artist’s impression of the Murchison Square Kilometre Array once it is built.

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Passport and/or visa applications outside of Sydney in 2019

For the remaining months of 2019, Dutch citizens who are not able to travel to Sydney to apply for a passport and/or identity card are offered the possibility to submit an application on location in Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide. The consular team at the Consulate-General in Sydney has already been to Perth and Brisbane earlier this year.

When are we planning to be where:

  • Melbourne: September 16 - 18 (fully booked)
  • Brisbane: October 21 - 22 (appointments can be booked from September 23 onwards)
  • Adelaide: in the week of November 18

About 5 weeks before we arrive on location we will announce the exact dates on our website and Facebook page. Stay up to date on the specific day(s) by following us on Facebook and visiting our webite regularly (under "Latest News").

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The Dutchlink Community Played a Business Community Game

On August 29, Dutchlink and the For Bizzo team organised a Business Community Game for the Dutchlink Community (Corporate and Business Members) at WeWork in Sydney. To succeed in these global blockbuster games such as the Nation Building game and Top Scorer game, great team collaboration is only one primary element. Communication and negotiation play a role as well.

With over 16 years of experience in the development and execution of live, interactive Business Games for companies such as CocaCola, PWC, American Express and Philips, Gijs van der Linden has built the BusinessGames brand from the ground up in the Netherlands, with a strong presence in Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Congratulations to Dutch Initiative "The Ocean Cleanup"

A big congratulations to The Ocean Cleanup, who just won one of five Macquarie 50th Anniversary Awards from Macquarie Bank in Australia. The Ocean Cleanup will receive AUD10 million over a five-year period.

The Ocean Cleanup — founded in 2013 by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat at the age of 18 — is a non-profit organisation, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Macquarie Group chief executive, Shemara Wikramanayake, said: “[The five recipients] are addressing areas of significant social need and promise meaningful, lasting community benefit.”

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Achmea Australia receives second nomination

Specialist farm insurer Achmea Australia has received its second consecutive nomination in the category of Direct General Insurance Company of the Year. Hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF), the 16th Australian Insurance Industry Awards recognise outstanding individuals and businesses in the insurance industry.

“[Receiving a] second consecutive an outstanding achievement,” says Achmea Chief Executive Officer Emma Thomas, “Our 2019 finalist nomination is an acknowledgement of our unwavering commitment to protecting and enhancing agricultural communities.”

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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