06 June 2017
Mayor Allan Sutherland, Councillors Matt Constance, Darren Grimwade and Adam Hain host trade delegation from the Netherlands at the Caboolture Hub.
Moreton Bay Regional Council has represented our region at the
Australian Smart Communities Conference last week in
Mayor Sutherland said the conference provided council with the
unique opportunity to connect with hundreds of representatives from
technology companies, commercial investors and government agencies
from across Australia and the world.
"As a follow-on from the national conference, a high-level
delegation from the Netherlands travelled from Adelaide to our
region, and were hosted on Friday, 2 June at the Caboolture Hub,"
Mayor Sutherland said.
The delegation included representatives from:
- Atos, a leader in digital
services with 100,000 employees in 72 countries
- Paul Budde, from Budde Comm, one
of the world's most respected digital consultants
- DocWolves, a provider of
cloud-based solutions to more than 250 organisations including in
France, Holland and Spain
- Global Smart City and Community
Coalition - not-for-profit organisation with members around the
world including Moreton Bay
- Phillips Lighting Australia,
provides lighting solutions including street lighting to operate
intelligent networks and other digital solutions
- The Economic Team of the
Consulate General of the Netherlands, promoting trade between the
Netherlands and Australia
- The Netherlands Enterprise
Agency, an executive agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic
Affairs, promoting sustainable development and innovation, both
within the Netherlands and abroad.
Mayor Sutherland said there had been significant interest in
the Moreton Bay Region at the Australian Smart Communities
Conference this week with numerous companies seeking out council to
discuss the Mill at Moreton Bay project.
"It's no secret the University of the Sunshine Coast's campus
at Moreton Bay will be one of the first university campuses built
from the ground-up in Australia for the past 20 years - a fact not
lost on many of the national businesses, start-ups and technology
companies at the conference," the Mayor said.
"Council was absolutely bowled over by the interest from
companies seeking out opportunities in our region to test their new
technology and prototypes - especially at The Mill at Moreton Bay
"There is no doubt this project is starting to build momentum
right across the country in the business community - as a catalyst
project that offers a real opportunity to deliver a major digital
university and community precinct from the ground-up."
Moreton Bay Regional Council signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with the Smart City and Community Coalition - 'GSC3'
on 14 March 2017.
"Since the MOU signing, the international interest in our
region, particularly from the Netherlands, has continued to grow,"
Mayor Sutherland said.
"Exposure like this is just so vital for our growing region,
as council continues to drive forward with a strong economic plan
to attract smart technology, globally-competitive companies and
world-class jobs to our region."