Forward icon
Can't view this email? Click here

Newsletter #29

August 2017

What's Making News?


Cheese lovers: we've got good news

Cheese lovers in Australia have been waiting for a while, but finally the moment is here: Australia can also start enjoying the world-famous Old Amsterdam cheese from September this year. Westland recently announced when and where their delicious cheese will be available. 

Old Amsterdam will be available at:

  • Aldi – September – 2 types of Wedges (Aged Gouda- & Aged Goat Cheese)
  • Costco – September – 1 type of wedge (Aged Gouda Cheese)
  • Harris Farm – September – 2 types of wedges (Aged Gouda- & Aged Goat Cheese)
  • Woolworths – November – 2 types of wedges (Aged Gouda- & Aged Goat Cheese)

“Old Amsterdam is the most-beloved, matured cheese in the Netherlands and very popular in a lot of European countries, but also in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. We have high expectations for Old Amsterdam in Australia, based on the enthusiastic messages we’ve already received from local businesses and so-called ‘Dutchies’”, says Henny Westland, CEO of Westland Cheese, the parent company of Old Amsterdam.

Read more

Counting down the days: World Solar Challenge 2017

With less than a month to go until the World Solar Challenge 2017, all three competing Dutch Solar teams have arrived in Australia! However, the last few days were quite exciting for two of the Dutch teams. For a while it was uncertain if Nuon Solar Team and Solar Team Eindhoven could get their batteries to Australia in time for the race. Due to recent incidents, shipping batteries via air freight has become more difficult. Fortunately, both teams just recently announced their batteries are on their way to Australia! 

Furthermore, Solar Team Eindhoven recently was covered by 7 news Adelaide as the team visited a primary school to inspire students. Their message: always reach for the stars.
The third team, Solar Team Twente announced they will reveal their first driver this week. 

In the coming weeks we will bring you the latest news on the Dutch Solar teams as they prepare for the big race. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Read more

Meet our newest HHA member: KarTent

This year, the Dutch startup KarTent will introduce its recyclable and waterproof tent, made entirely out of cardboard, to the Australian market! It is already a huge success in the European festival scene.

Did you know 1 out of 4 people leave their tent behind on the various camp sites worldwide? In the Netherlands alone, where KarTent is based, this counts up to 25.000 tents every year. Unlike the traditional festival tent, this cardboard tent can be left behind without adding to non-biodegradable garbage. And another great thing about it: if you order one, KarTent brings it to the festival you’re going to and sets it up for you!

KarTent will make its debut in Australia during Yours & Owls festival on September 30 and October 1 2017, Stuart Park Wollongong, NSW. After that, the tent will be available in January 2018 during Unify festival in South Gippsland, VIC. Welcome to Australia and our HHA community!

Read more

"This tiny country feeds the world"

National Geographic’s September 2017 edition magazine features an interesting article about the Dutch agriculture. It describes how the Dutch decided to make a national commitment to sustainable agriculture: ‘twice as much food using half as many resources’.

The Netherlands is a small and densely populated country. Yet it is the second largest exporter of food as measured by value. On top of the list: the United States, which has 270 times its landmass. How on earth have the Dutch done it? The driving force behind our success is Wageningen University & Research (WUR), widely known to be the world’s top agricultural research institution. This is a great article if you want to get an idea of the Dutch agriculture.


Read more

Innovative design to protect Palm Beach Shoreline in Queensland

The City of Gold Coast, QLD has chosen Royal HaskoningDHV, an international consultancy with Dutch roots, to carry out the design of beach nourishment works at the iconic Palm Beach.

This project is part of the largest offshore dredging and beach nourishment project in the City’s history: The Gold Coast Beach Nourishment Project (GCBNP). Its objective: increasing the volume of sand available along vulnerable sections of the coastline.

In comparison to other Gold Coast beaches, Palm Beach is at high risk of significant beach erosion. Therefore, Royal HaskoningDHV will increase the volume of sand available along the coastline, creating a much-needed buffer that protects the coast from future storms and coastal erosion.

Read more

Atlas Programmed Marine JV delivers greater range of services to oil & gas clients

In the beginning of August, the Atlas Programmed Marine joint venture opened for business, with a focus on delivering a greater range of services and capabilities to clients within the Australasian oil and gas sector.

The new business is a 50/50 joint venture between global operator Atlas Professionals and Australian-based Programmed Marine with an ambitious strategy to become Australasia’s leading provider of offshore and marine manning services.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Jim Caldwell, the JV intends leveraging Atlas’s worldwide footprint and Programmed’s established reputation and experience within the local market in order to provide an enhanced service for its growing client base.

Read more

The Netherlands and Australia assigned for F-35 Global Warehousing

On the 16th of August, the US Department of Defense announced that, as part of the F-35 Global Support Solution strategy, the regional warehousing capability will be assigned to the Netherlands (in Europe) and Australia (in the Pacific regions).

Both countries will be responsible for storage, shipping and management of spare parts of F-35s for the coming decades. In September 2019 the first capabilities will be stood up in the European region and in the Asian Pacific the same will be done by October 2020.

The Royal Air Force Logistics Center Woensdrecht (LCW) will be responsible for the storage of the equipment in the Netherlands. It is estimated that around 70 Dutch companies will benefit from this contract.

Read more

Experience authentic Dutch cruising in Sydney's waterways

Last month, LEKKER Boats launched their Lekker Damsko 750 model during the Sydney International Boat Show! This 17-person dayboat cruiser has a top speed approaching 88 kmh. The company, who builds handmade authentic aluminium speedboats, wants to bring some Dutch thinking into the way we get about in Australia.
Meindert Wolfraad, the Dutch-born beach lover behind LEKKER Boats, says the boats he is used to in Amsterdam are basically old house boats that are refurbished to party boats. This inspired him to built a boat for Australia.

"These boats need to be different, because Australia has longer distances and it's choppier and there are bigger waves. So, the circumstances are completely different to the canals and the waters of the Netherlands." Lekker Damsko 750 is ideal for Sydney’s waterways.

Read more

Huisman wins contract for geothermal doublet

Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, and construction company Züblin, were awarded a contract from Wayland Energy for the delivery of two geothermal wells in Bergschenhoek, the Netherlands.

The two wells will be drilled directionally to planned depths of approximately 2,500 meters and 2,800 meters. The wells will be drilled utilising the Huisman LOC 400 drilling rig - a fully containerised modular rig outfitted with a fully automated pipe-handler and rig floor. It will be the 6th project for the LOC 400 in Europe, including three geothermal energy projects.




Read more

What's Happening?


Special Startup Package for StartupFest Europe 2017

From 25 to 28 September, the Netherlands is a one-stop shop for startups and scale ups with the opportunity to raise money, make deals, scale your business, and change the world. Connect with more than 300 international investors, including Softbank Vision Fund, Accel, Seedrs, Balderton, Hoxton, and EQT. Learn from international speakers such as Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon), Deep Nishar (managing director Softbank), Boyan Slat (Founder & CEO The Ocean Cleanup) and Mark Rutte (Dutch Prime Minister). Click here for the full program.

Attend the main event CapitalFest and an industry-specific event, for just €149,50. Events include Digital Health & MedTech, Blockchain, FinTech Vortex, EnergyFest, New materials for the circular economy, Impact StartupFest and the The Future of High Tech. You will also have access to the exclusive after party.

Register for this special offer

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 you can check out 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