Rockhampton aquaculture delegation in SingaporeA Rockhampton delegation travelled to Singapore recently to speak to potential investors about aquaculture opportunities in the Rockhampton region.

Led by Councillor Tony Williams from Rockhampton Regional Council, the delegation also included representatives from local aquaculture businesses, CQUniversity and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

The delegation took the opportunity to meet with Enterprise Singapore and with Surbana Jurong – a government-owned urban and infrastructure consulting firm – as well as visiting aquaculture sites, seafood-processing centres and major retail operations.

They were supported during their visit by local staff from TIQ’s ASEAN office and Austrade Singapore, who met the delegation and accompanied them to key meetings.

As well as promoting potential aquaculture sites in the Rockhampton region, the delegation showcased the region’s ability to meet the supply-chain requirements of major aquaculture operations.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said Council was making a concerted effort to encourage new investment in the local aquaculture industry.

‘Behind the scenes, Advance Rockhampton, our in-house Economic Development team, is laying the foundations and strengthening our connections with South-East Asia to explore, promote and secure investment opportunities in our region,’ Mayor Strelow said.

‘An example of this is our relationship with Surbana Jurong, with whom Council built a relationship through a trade mission to Singapore in 2016.

‘The company then reciprocated a visit to our region earlier this year where we had further opportunity to promote our untapped potential.’

Surbana Jurong and Enterprise Singapore are expected to visit Rockhampton again in 2019 to explore aquaculture sites in the region.

An invitation-only Australia-Singapore aquaculture conference is also scheduled to be held in Rockhampton on 8 May 2019.

South East Asia is identified as a priority export market in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022, and TIQ recently opened an expanded Singapore office in order to better support Queensland business in the ASEAN region.

The Rockhampton aquaculture delegation was funded by a grant from the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

If you would like more information on aquaculture opportunities in the Rockhampton region, please email Wade Clark, Aquaculture Portfolio Lead at Advance Rockhampton.