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Newsletter #23

February 2017

What's Happening?


GSC3 smart city alliance back in Australia in March

In November last year the Australian Dutch Smart City event took place during the Dutch trade mission to Australia. Part of the aim of this was to establish international collaboration between smart cities around the world, and more particularly collaboration on a mayoral level, through the GSC3 alliance.

So far the following Australian cities have joined the alliance: Adelaide, Bendigo, Canberra, Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Ipswich and Moreton Bay, as well as the Greater Sydney Commission.

Due to such Australian interest in this collaboration model the Dutch-led GSC3 team will be back in March to follow up on the initial MoUs that were signed as well as to sign up at least two new cities.

During this visit in-depth meetings will take place with the Australian member cities, covering in particular what the Australian member cities would like to showcase to the world. Projects will be promoted on the website and during the visit 360 VR videos will be made enabling the mayors of the participating cities to showcase their city. Hopefully by showcasing these projects or plans other cities will be motivated to explore how they can collaborate on a best practices level, rather than reinventing the wheel.

While the main purpose of the website and the videos is to showcase Australian capabilities internationally, the videos will also be shown at the Adelaide ASCA National Smart City Conference in May.

Membership to GSC3 is certainly not limited to the current six member cities. If other cities are interested in joining, they might want to use the opportunity to meet with the GSC3 team when they visit Australia in March.

Moreover, it is interesting to note that the leadership status of the Netherlands in smart city developments was further underlined by the visit of The Hon Angus Taylor MP, Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, and his team to the Netherlands at the end of January.

Australian Smart Communities Conference (ASCA)

Veldhoen + Company at Sydney's Purpose Work & Life Festival

Join Veldhoen + Company at Sydney’s Purpose Work & Life Festival on the 9th of March 2017.

They will be sharing inside knowledge and encouraging hot discussions on three inspiring topics on one day!

• Why Data Will Become Irrelevant In The Future World of Work (Allison Tsao, Senior Workstyle Consultant)
• Why Activity Based Working Leverages Leadership Development (Gijs Nooteboom, Managing Partner Australia New Zealand)
• How To Trust In The Workplace (Millie Letori, Senior Workstyle Consultant)

Book your ticket for the sessions here.


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BAM Clough completes marine services contract

BAM International, together with its Australian partner Clough, has completed the marine installation services contract for the Karratha Gas Plant Life Extension Integrated Marine Campaign project in Western Australia for Woodside Energy Limited.

The works comprised project management and installation engineering works associated with replacing existing equipment on two berths, including LNG and LPG marine loading arms, gangways and dolphin fenders. BAM Clough’s activities belonged to a larger project to extend the lifespan of the Karratha gas plant, part of one of the largest ever oil and gas developments in Australia: the North West Shelf project.

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Huisman nominated for European Geothermal Innovation Award

Enhanced Casing Installation (ECI), a product of Huisman Well Technology, is nominated for the European Geothermal Innovation Award 2017. The European Geothermal Innovation Award is given to companies that have made an outstanding contribution towards the field of geothermal energy in the form of innovative products, scientific research or project initiatives.

ECI is an innovative retrievable casing installation system that allows drilling and installing casing simultaneously. The Huisman approach results in several functional and operational advantages:

  • ECI reduces risks related to hole problems such as stability, lost circulation and hole cleaning;
  • ECI reduces rig time and increases personnel safety (by minimising pipe handling and tripping);
  • Composite casing shoe tracks allow logging through casing: bottom hole assembly (BHA) with measurement while drilling (MWD) placed inside casing for minimum stick-out and optimum weight transfer and BHA stabilization.

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Discover the E-Jordaan of Lekker Bikes

Get around town easy, comfortably and in style. Technology meets practicality in the new Lekker E-Jordaan: comfortable, durable, fast and stylish. The E-Jordaan can be ridden anywhere a conventional bike can, it’s able to carry a load effortlessy and it is fun to ride at all times. No hill, headwind or long distance commute will stop you – it’s a ticket to freedom.

The Lekker E-Jordaan fills in the gap between driving your car and riding your bike, making it an easy and smart decision for an optimal commute and benefit from a car and care free ride around town. It’s a true new way of commuting around Australia’s cities.

The widely acclaimed Lekker E-Bike range is finally available in Australia. Expect a sturdy, robust and proven lightweight E-Bike design straight from Amsterdam. Grab your Early Bird Discount on the first 60 bikes and save $500!




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Arcadis Australia Pacific confirms support for Engineering Aid Australia in January 2017

Arcadis Australia Pacific has confirmed its continued support for Engineering Aid Australia for the 2017 Summer School Program.

Engineering Aid Australia (EAA) is a charitable organisation whose principal aim is to encourage Indigenous secondary school students going into Years 11 and 12 to consider a career as a professional engineer.

“It’s a pleasure to again confirm our continued support for this organisation. For many of the team at Arcadis, we really want to see more indigenous students come through the program and enter the engineering industry. It is great to hear from students who have gone through the program and how they benefited from the experience.” said Darren English, CFO for Arcadis Australia Pacific.

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The Netherlands was number 1 exporter of baby infant formula to P.R. China in 2016

Dutch infant formula exports to China increased to more than 1 billion dollar last year, a great sign of trust in Dutch quality.

From January to October in 2016, China imported over 171,280m tonnes of infant formula, which is an increase of 28% on the corresponding period the year before said Suki Wu of Bord Bia’s Shanghai Office.

The Netherlands is China's largest supplier with an export of over 1 billion dollar followed by Ireland and New Zealand.





Love Stories opens boutique in Bondi beach


Love Stories, Amsterdam Intimates opened their boutique in Bondi beach! From Amsterdam with love, this beautiful Dutch brand presents a wide range of female underwear, outerwear and accessories. You can find the boutique on 157 Curlewis St (shop 5, entrance on Gould St).

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WITLOFT is an artisan Dutch leather brand founded in 2014. Established from a love for cooking and furniture-making, WITLOFT leather aprons are perfect for those with a passion for quality, handcrafted and artisanal style products.



Meatstock Festival


WITLOFT will be taking part in the Meatstock festival in both Melbourne (22-23 April) and Sydney (6-7 May).





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