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Newsletter #49

August 2019

Daan Roosegaarde Presents Waterlicht in Fremantle, WA


Internationally acclaimed light installation WATERLICHT by Studio Roosegaarde will be presented from November 1 to November 24, 2019 at the Fremantle Biennale in Western Australia.

The founder, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde, has been fascinated by nature, technology, and light since an early age. The project WATERLICHT is a dream landscape about the power and poetry of water and touches on the reality of rising water levels and the climate change crisis. By using wavy lines of light, it creates a virtual flood that depicts how high water levels could reach were it not for human intervention.

This installation will mark the first time that the studio presents this work in the Southern Hemisphere, namely at the second edition of the Fremantle Biennale: UNDERCURRENT 2019. The art program showcases experimental site responsive work from established and emerging artists from across the world.

Daan Roosegaarde gave the inaugural Murdoch University International Creative Visitor Lecture in Association with Fremantle Biennale on 5 August. Our Honorary Consul for Western Australia Anthony Willinge was present and stated that: "From natural beauty, to wondrous innovations, and space junk to clean air, Daan’s address was captivating and inspiring."

Want to know more about WATERLICHT? Click the link below!

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The Netherlands Creates a Supportive Atmosphere for Businesses

The Global Innovation Index released a report this year ranking the Netherlands as one of the global leaders in innovation. It scored particularly well in sub-rankings on innovation output (#2) and knowledge absorption (#2). The country scored consistently high on collaboration between universities and industries, inflows of foreign direct investment and more. Additionally, there is great improvement in government expenditures on R&D financed by business and employment of higher educated women.

These accomplishments show the Dutch's ambition to create a welcoming atmosphere for business and innovation, making the Netherlands a hub for R&D innovation. For more information on where the Netherlands ranks in other sectors, please click "Read more".

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KLM and TU-Delft Changing the Future of Air Travel

Dutch national airline KLM and TU-Delft university have combined forces to develop a new airplane, expected to revolutionise the aviation industry. The V-shaped plane will have the same capacity (300 passengers) as today’s most advanced aircraft, the A350. However, the V-shaped plane will use 20% less fuel. The ‘Flying V’ will also change the stereotypical aircraft interior with there even being talks of buffet style meals!

A scale model will be presented at Amsterdam Schiphol airport in October to commemorate KLM’s 100th anniversary. A full-size section of the interior will also be presented, leaving many people excited for what the future has to hold.

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A Holland Pavillion Returns to Waste Expo Australia!

After a successful event last year, Waste Expo Australia is coming back to Melbourne!

Recognised as the largest gathering of waste management and resource professionals in Australia, on October 23 – 24 it will offer a free-to-attend business-to-business conference hosted alongside an exhibition.

In different parts of Australia, the Netherlands is used as an example of a country where waste management has been optimised.

For that reason, the Dutch embassy network is organising a Holland Pavilion at the Waste Expo. This will give Dutch businesses the opportunity to present their knowledge, initiatives, and innovations to 3,500 visitors as well as build their network with potential Australian partners.

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Innovation Mission: Smart and Green Mobility Sydney

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, together with the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Sydney, is organising an innovation mission to Australia with the theme “Smart and Green Mobility”. With Australian cities growing rapidly, there is a demand for solutions regarding mobility, accessibility, CO2-reduction, and electrical transport.

Registration has now opened for Dutch companies and organisations who would like to join the mission. We are specifically looking for delegates who are interested in working on sustainable and innovative projects in Australian cities. Specific focus will be on expertise with regards to Mobility as a Service, electric and automated vehicles and those focusing on the underlying data and information that is needed to achieve a solid smart mobility proposition.

The innovation mission will take place from October 27 to November 8, 2019 and will travel to Sydney and various other state capitals. Please click “Read more” to learn about the details of participating (in Dutch).

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Dutch and Australian Experts Discuss How We Can Develop the City of Tomorrow


Earlier this month, both Dutch and Australian experts discussed the future of mobility, sustainability, and healthy urban living at our “Future Mobility – The City of Tomorrow, Dutch inspiration” event. The City of Sydney kindly hosted us in Town Hall.

Dutch speakers were Willem Snel, who has vast experience in the field of smart mobility and urban planning, and Alex van Gent, whose expertise lies in urban and active transport. Snel (top right) spoke about how investing in space-efficient modalities and incorporating a shared economy can improve our quality of life. Van Gent (top left) added to that by discussing how we can incorporate an active transport framework (e.g. safe and connected networks, education, communication, funding, accountability).

Australian speakers included Rachel Wheeler, Acting Deputy Secretary, Customer Strategy and Technology at Transport for NSW, and Manager of Walking and Cycling Strategy at Transport for NSW Sara Stace. They spoke about ways government can benefit its customers when it comes to mobility, specifically walking and cycling.

Participants discussed a re-invention of our cities with regards to the way we travel and design infrastructure, as well as rethink public space to make our cities more accessible, clean, and livable.


Another Pop-Up Embassy date has been announced!

A delegation from the consulate team in Sydney will travel to Melbourne on September 16 and 17 to offer the Dutch community the possibility to apply for a passport locally.

The consular team at the consulate general in Sydney has been to Perth earlier this year, and visited Brisbane in April. Later this year, they will visit Adelaide and Brisbane for the second time. The specific day(s) is yet to be determined.

Stay up to date on the specific day(s) by following us on Facebook and visiting our webite regularly.

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Spaces Works in Wentworth, Perth

Spaces Works, the Dutch co-working space company, has opened their first location in Western Australia! It is based in the juxtaposed two-structure building ‘the Wentworth’ in Perth. According to Spaces Works, old meets new in this building, screaming ‘the new way of work’.

Located in the heart of the Perth CBD, there will be plenty of like-minded professionals wanting to take their ideas to the next level. It is another success for the rapidly growing company from Amsterdam, that now offers creative working environments in cities all over the world.

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Congratulations to Atlas Professionals!

Earlier this month, Dutch company Atlas Professionals--a major provider of industry specialists to the energy, marine and renewables industries--won an award at the AMMA industry awards night (Australian Resources & Energy Group) for 35 year membership.

The Netherlands is Second in Agri/Food Exports

The Netherlands is second only to the United States when it comes to agri/food exports worldwide. Twelve of the world's largest agri/food companies have major production or R&D sites in the Netherlands, such as: Heinz, Mars, Monsanto, and Unilever.

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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