May 2019

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Queensland businesses with global ambitions can be connected to business experts in their target markets in a new program launched by TIQ.

Queensland businesses with global ambitions can be connected to business experts in their target markets in a new program launched by TIQ.

The International Business Advisory Program is targeting small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in mining and resources, education and training, innovation, or food and agribusiness who are actively considering expansion into India or Indonesia.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said the program would open up a unique development opportunity for Queensland SMEs.

‘This program will provide some of Queensland’s most ambitious SMEs with a rare and highly cost-effective way to fast-track their export learning curve,’ he said.

‘The international business leaders who are participating in this program will guide their mentees through the process of entering these growth markets and equip them with the valuable, practical market intelligence they need to succeed.’

In the pilot round of the program, 4 mentors will be matched with 4 Queensland SMEs looking for expert guidance in India or Indonesia – 2 in each market.

Advisory sessions will be held by phone or video from July to December 2019.

The 6-month period will allow companies to make progress towards export goals and test new market-development activities while still working with their mentor.

Eligible SMEs must be export-ready and have headquarters or significant operations in Queensland.

Interested businesses need to apply by 27 May.

The program is one of 22 initiatives of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022 and is one of a range of activities that aims to increase Queensland’s share of national exports.

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Smart City Summit success in Taiwan

Innovative urban solutions were on the agenda when TIQ’s largest ever delegation to Taiwan visited the Smart City Summit and Expo in April.

Innovative urban solutions were on the agenda when TIQ’s largest ever delegation to Taiwan visited the Smart City Summit and Expo in April.

The 33-strong Queensland delegation included 6 mayors and deputy mayors, 4 peak bodies, 4 economic development agencies and 7 exporters.

Innovative exporters joining the mission included Toowoomba-based FridgeBrain, which makes a  ‘smart vaccine’ refrigerator that includes automated remote monitoring.

FridgeBrain Director Brendan McDonald said the Taiwan trip was a valuable experience.

‘I have ideas to take home and a few good contacts with those companies to expand our services in Australia,’ he said.

FridgeBrain’s Vaccine Fridge delivers real-time alerts and automatic temperature logging to a portal. An SMS alert is sent if a door is left open or power goes out so that valuable vaccines can be saved.

Vaccine Fridge is being trialled in medical practices and pharmacies thanks to a $100,000 grant from Advance Queensland’s Ignite Ideas Fund.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Taiwan, Patrick Hafenstein, said the large delegation for the mission showed the state’s commitment to the Taiwan market and that Queensland is serious about innovation.

‘Having delegations like this come to Taiwan is very important for strengthening the relationship between our two regions,’ he said.

‘Developing innovative partnerships will help grow both the Queensland economy and the Taiwan economy through co-creation and co-production.’

The mission program included a mayors’ summit attended by more than 120 leaders from cities around the world, site visits and networking events, and dozens of business-matching meetings.

It was a joint initiative of the Local Government Association of Queensland, TIQ, Austrade and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

International showcase events are one of the initiatives identified in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Construction of Brisbane mega cruise terminal underway

Construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) is underway with 38 of 105 piles for the wharf already in place.

Construction of the $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) is underway, with 38 of 105 piles for the wharf already in place.

The new terminal will bring additional overseas income to the Queensland economy through increased tourism.

Port of Brisbane CEO Roy Cummins said the terminal would be a world-class facility, with construction on both the wharf and terminal building progressing well.

‘To date, 38 of the 105 piles for the BICT wharf are now in place, and placement of the wharf deck units is also underway,’ he said.

‘Over the next 2 months, approximately 2,000 controlled modulus columns will be installed to provide the foundations for the site.

‘This will be followed by the pouring of footings and slabs before the building frame begins to take shape.’

Scheduled to open in October 2020, the project has two principal contractors – Brady Marine and Civil and property and construction company Hindmarsh.

Brady Marine and Civil are constructing the wharf and Hindmarsh are undertaking the civil works and constructing the terminal building.

During April, Port of Brisbane was joined by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, State Development Minister Cameron Dick, Tourism Minister Kate Jones and others for the official sod-turning for the terminal building.

At the event, the Premier said the terminal was a piece of infrastructure that would have broader impacts on the Queensland economy.

‘Ships that were too long, too high and too deep to dock at Brisbane’s Hamilton facility will have a dedicated cruise terminal,’ she said.

‘That will stimulate the industry at ports up and down the Queensland coast, as we aim to increase passenger numbers throughout the state to more than a million a year.’

When the project was announced, modelling by the Port of Brisbane indicated the terminal could inject up to $1.3 billion in net expenditure into the Brisbane economy across 20 years.

Mr Cummins said with over 180 bookings confirmed for the 2020–21 cruising season, the terminal would put Queensland on the global cruise tourism map.

‘Within its first 5 years, the terminal is expected to handle over 1,100 vessel calls and around 1.8 million passengers,’ he said.

The proximity of Brisbane Airport to the new cruise terminal will also benefit travellers.

The new terminal building will be around 9,300 square metres set over two levels, connected to a 200-metre wharf with two air bridges for passengers to exit and enter ships.

Tourism is identified as Queensland’s largest services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Japan’s Kitchen Garden sells Queensland products online

Queensland products are now for sale on Kitchen Garden, a major Japanese online store and supermarket chain specialising in imported gourmet food and beverages.

Queensland products are now for sale on Kitchen Garden, a major Japanese online store.

Kitchen Garden is a supermarket chain specialising in imported gourmet food and beverages. Its online store has launched Aussie Style, a special section dedicated to Australian products.

Aussie Style profiles Queensland’s history, climate, lifestyle, food and beverages, and gives online shoppers links to each page where they can make purchases.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Japan Tak Adachi said several agencies joined forces to collaborate on the ecommerce initiative with Kitchen Garden.

‘TIQ, Austrade and other agencies worked together to collaboratively raise the profile of Australian food products in the Japanese market,’ he said.

‘By introducing Kitchen Garden to Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) Japan, we also hope to bring benefits for cross-selling between food and tourism.

‘Our partnership with Kitchen Garden’s online store has allowed us to showcase an extensive range of Queensland’s high-quality, value-added food products.’

Queensland products on Kitchen Garden now include Nerada Tea, Capilano Honey, Taylor and College’s Vanilla Bean, Cobra Chili Sauce, Rainforest Heart’s Davidson Plum powder and Kialla Food’s organic flour and grain products.

Queensland companies wanting to sell their food and beverage products in Japan should contact TIQ.

Kitchen Garden is hosted by online marketplace Rakuten Ichiba, which ranks among the world’s largest ecommerce platforms by sales.

Supporting Queensland exporters, including ecommerce initiatives, is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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New international student panel appointed

Students from 10 countries will be a grass-roots voice on international education in Queensland following their appointment to the 2019 Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

Students from 10 countries will be a grass-roots voice on international education in Queensland, following their appointment to the 2019 Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP).

The students will represent the 135,000 international students currently studying in Queensland from more than 160 countries.

Panel members will use their own experiences and those of their peers to advise the Queensland Government on ways to enhance the student experience in study destinations across the state.

The new panel members live and study in Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville and Ipswich and on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, representing Queensland’s widespread study locations.

TIQ CEO Paul Martyn said that QISAP would report on emerging trends and issues from across the regions that affect students.

‘In a unique model of student engagement and governance, QISAP harnesses the diversity of the international student voice,’ he said.

‘Designing solutions for students by students is a powerful tool, and we are delighted that another panel of students will volunteer their time to work with us this year.’

The new panel members met for the first time in Brisbane on 8 April, attending a full-day induction program where they were able to network with key government stakeholders and discuss current issues facing the international student community.

This year QISAP will focus on key areas affecting the student experience.

The panel will consult with international and domestic students on new initiatives, student experience programs and how best to implement them.

QISAP members will also work with Study Queensland to design important events, including International Students Meet Parliament and the International Student Leaders Forum.

The 2019 panel has 10 new international student panellists, 2 returning QISAP mentors and a representative of the domestic student cohort.

QISAP is an initiative of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026.

International education is identified as Queensland’s second-most valuable services export in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

 

Appointed QISAP members

Yanish Veerasawmy, Brisbane – Mauritius

Ziming Ye, Brisbane – China

Kritesh Patel, Brisbane – India

Stephanie Casas, Brisbane – Philippines

Dominic McCarthy, Brisbane – Australia

Jermaine Rusike, Gold Coast – Zimbabwe

Alexia David, Gold Coast – India

Jean Martha Degollacion, Sunshine Coast – Philippines

Talina Bayeleva, Brisbane – Kazakhstan

Fares Saleem, Townsville – India

Napoleon Vera, Ipswich – Venezuela

Long (Prince) Lo, Brisbane – Hong Kong

Carolina Merino Wells – Chile

 

Participating executive officers from the Council of International Students Australia

Ralph Teodoro – Philippines

Kasun Kalhara – Sri Lanka

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Superyacht grants to float Queensland boats overseas

Six Queensland companies will have extra support to enter overseas markets after sharing in more than $41,000 from the Superyacht Industry Development Fund.

The fund is part of the Queensland Superyacht Strategy, which aims to grow the industry and increase Queensland’s global market share by 10% by 2023.

Round 1 recipients of the Superyacht Industry Development Fund are:

  • Abell Point Marina (Airlie Beach)
  • Carter Marine Industries (Cairns)
  • Gold Coast City Marina & Shipyard (Gold Coast)
  • Rivergate Marina and Shipyard (Brisbane)
  • Seaspec Marine Services (Gold Coast)
  • Trinity Fire Services (Cairns).

Assistant Minister for Tourism Industry Development Meaghan Scanlon said the fund would help Queensland businesses secure more contracts.

‘We introduced this development fund late last year to support small-and-medium-sized businesses supplying to, or with the potential to supply to, the superyacht industry,’ Ms Scanlon said.

‘This first round of funding will help Queensland businesses build valuable relationships in the global superyacht market through participation in international trade shows in Singapore, Tahiti, Monaco and Fort Lauderdale.’

Superyacht Strategy Champion and Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the government’s efforts were crucial in promoting Queensland as a world-class Pacific destination for superyacht cruising, construction, fit-out and maintenance.

‘We want Queensland to be recognised as the key superyacht hub of Asia-Pacific, and initiatives like our Superyacht Industry Development Fund will help us achieve that,’ Mr Healy said.

Up to $335,000 will be provided over the life of the Superyacht Strategy – from 2018 to 2023 – to support businesses looking to access the industry.

Grants will be provided for a range of purposes, including attending international trade shows, bringing overseas delegations to Queensland and obtaining industry certifications.

One round of grants will be available each year.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a key commitment of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

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Queensland and India sign mine-safety training agreement

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Australian Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) commits them to collaborating on a range of activities related to mine safety.

A new agreement between Queensland and India aims to improve mining safety.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between India’s Ministry of Labour and Employment and the Australian Safety in Mines, Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) commits them to collaborating on a range of activities related to mine safety.

The MOU was signed in India by Mr Utpal Saha, Director General Mines Safety (DGMS), and Mr Gitesh Agarwal, Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – India.

Speaking after the signing, Mr Agarwal said both countries would benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

‘Through the agreement, the groups will explore opportunities to share technical knowledge about the occupational safety, health and welfare of miners,’ he said.

‘They will work together to establish a risk-based safety-management system in India, and SIMTARS will train key personnel from DGMS, the mining industry and academia in best practice.

‘SIMTARS personnel will also gain valuable experiences as they share expertise across the industry in India.

‘Bringing these two agencies together is an important achievement for TIQ, and I hope that the outcomes will impact positively on the health and safety of many workers,’ he said.

DGMS is responsible for granting mining permits and enforcing safety legislation, and has made steady progress in reducing the number of mining accidents in India. However, illegal mining operations are not uncommon, and mining accidents caused 377 worker deaths in India between 2015 and 2017.

Queensland’s SIMTARS is a world-leading centre for mining safety and health research, delivering complementary scientific, engineering and training services nationally and internationally.

Australia pioneered risk-based safety-management plans for the mining sector using hazard identification and risk assessment. Mining sectors in the USA, South Africa, Germany and Russia use risk-based safety management.

The memorandum of understanding was signed on 16 January and will remain in place for 3 years.

Queensland continues to deepen its engagement with India as an initiative of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

The Queensland-India Trade and Investment Strategy 2018–2023 was released in late 2018.

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Bundaberg distiller Kalki Moon wins gold again

Bundaberg ginger and traditional botanicals are a winning combination for Queensland’s Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Company, which has won gold for its unique gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Bundaberg ginger and traditional botanicals are a winning combination for Queensland’s Kalki Moon Distilling and Brewing Company, which has won gold for its unique gin at the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards.

Australia’s only national spirits competition, the awards recognise distilling excellence across 11 categories.

This year’s awards were presented in Melbourne on 4 April, where Kalki Moon took the top prize for its Navy Gin.

Kalki Moon’s medal tally is growing quickly.

Last year, Kalki Moon’s London Dry Gin won gold at both the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and the International Wine and Spirit Competition, London. They also won 2 silver medals and a bronze for other gin varieties and a chocolate liqueur at the international competition.

Master Distiller and Founder Rick Prosser said he was proud to win the Australian award.

‘Sales are going very well, with our products sold through most Queensland independent bottle shops and nationally in 90 stores,’ Rick said.

‘Our navy-strength gin is the ultimate in a classic gin and tonic or soda – one of the smoothest navy-strength gins to ever be released.’

Navy Gin is described as big and bold, full of juniper, heavy on the angelica and liquorice root, with a touch of Bundaberg ginger for spice.

The distillery recently expanded its premises and currently employs 6 people in the family business.

The Australian Distilled Spirits Awards highlight innovation and excellence in the industry, and give producers an essential benchmarking forum and platform to promote their spirits and liqueurs to industry and consumers.

Kalki Moon has worked closely over a number of years with TIQ’s Wide Bay–Burnett staff, including joining more than 20 other Queensland companies for TIQ’s Food and Hotel Asia mission to Singapore in 2018.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Image credit: Paul Beutel

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Queensland innovators farming fish in the desert

Sunshine Coast company RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are successfully farming fish in the desert to address food security concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sunshine Coast company RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are successfully farming fish in the desert to address food security concerns in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The two companies began work in May 2015 when RADAQUA was contracted to design, construct and manage a 120-tonne proof-of-concept grouper production facility.

Visiting the farm during her recent Middle East trade mission, Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said the UAE currently imports around 90% of its food needs, giving the farm great potential.

‘Water scarcity and climate change have been identified as major hurdles to food security throughout the world, but particularly in the UAE,’ the Premier said.

‘Queensland has outstanding capability and technology in the food and agriculture sectors and today we celebrate a Queensland company, RADAQUA, exporting its aquaculture expertise to the world.’

RADAQUA specialises in recirculating aquaculture systems that provide a bio-secure production environment in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

First delivering the proof-of-concept grouper facility, RADAQUA and Emirates Fish Farms are now expanding their site at Al Wathba to achieve a six-fold increase in its output in the years ahead.

Construction work will also start on a proof-of-concept prawn production facility in early 2020.

Running pilot projects in this way builds confidence with investors and government according to Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Middle East Donna Massie.

‘Once that confidence, respect and trust is established, then you can talk about investment, commercialisation and expanding further in the region,’ Ms Massie said.

TIQ has been delighted to work with RADAQUA.

‘They have had exactly the right approach to market and are now beautifully positioned to expand even further in the region,’ she said.

Buderim-based RADAQUA began exporting its services internationally in 2014, securing contracts in China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

April 2019

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Urban Art Projects to design Australian pavilion for Dubai Expo

Queensland’s own Urban Art Projects (UAP) will co-design the Australian pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Queensland’s own Urban Art Projects (UAP) will co-design the Australian pavilion for Expo 2020 in Dubai.

A former Queensland export award winner, UAP collaborates with artists, architects and designers to create art in public spaces.

UAP Principal Carolyn Karnovsky said the studio partnered with Brisbane-based architects Bureau Proberts to propose the design.

‘With Bureau Proberts leading the architectural design and UAP developing the exhibition experience concept, we have endeavoured to create a pavilion that transports and connects visitors to the very heart of Australia,’ she said.

‘It will be an unforgettable experience where ancient narratives are interwoven with futuristic visions of Australian innovation.’

At the pavilion, Queensland businesses will meet with delegations from all over the world.

It will host a wide range of events, including trade and investment promotions, a targeted business program, VIP events and an arts program.

Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for the Middle East Donna Massie congratulated UAP and said Expo 2020 could open many doors for Queensland businesses.

‘The expo will be an exciting opportunity for Queensland businesses to build relationships and forge new connections in the Middle East and globally,’ she said.

‘A total of 193 countries have now committed to Expo 2020 Dubai.’

Expo 2020 will be the first world expo staged in the Middle East, and more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend.

UAE is an important trading partner for Queensland, with two-way merchandise trade worth $343 million last financial year.

UAP was a 2017 Queensland export awards winner, and previously collaborated with Bureau Proberts on the centrepiece of the new UAE Martyrs’ Memorial Park, Wahat Al Karama, in Abu Dhabi.

Brothers Matthew and Daniel Tobin started UAP in 1993. The company now has studios and workshops in Brisbane, New York and Shanghai, and global satellite offices in Melbourne, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Singapore.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.