Netherlands minister inspects Woodhouse Station foreign trade project

Cr Nola Dunn (Deputy Mayor - Melton City Council), Cr Intaj Khan (Wyndham City Council), Cr Peter Gibbons (Wyndham City Council), Mr Simon Smits (Vice-Minister for Foreign Trade Kingdom of the Netherlands), Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor - Wyndham City Council), Cr Sophie Ramsey (Mayor - Melton City Council), Ms Lilian Mellink (Policy Advisor Trade and Economic Affairs – Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Mr Antony Baillieu (Woodhouse Pastoral Company).

Cr Nola Dunn (Deputy Mayor – Melton City Council), Cr Intaj Khan (Wyndham City Council), Cr Peter Gibbons (Wyndham City Council), Mr Simon Smits (Vice-Minister for Foreign Trade Kingdom of the Netherlands), Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor – Wyndham City Council), Cr Sophie Ramsey (Mayor – Melton City Council), Ms Lilian Mellink (Policy Advisor Trade and Economic Affairs – Kingdom of the Netherlands) and Mr Antony Baillieu (Woodhouse Pastoral Company).

The second largest food exporter in the world, the Netherlands, has sent its Vice-Minister for Foreign Trade, Mr Simon Smits, to inspect the Woodhouse Station glasshouse project near Eynesbury, Victoria. The visit by Mr Smits and other officials follows a similar visit earlier this year by the Netherland’s Consul-General to tour Woodhouse Station, which is modeled on the successful Netherland’s horticulture industry and has the potential to create up to 4000 new jobs.

After touring Woodhouse Station and the neighbouring Eynesbury township, Mr Smits commented:

“The Netherlands is looking for opportunities where we can apply our expertise in growing locations like Melbourne’s West. There are very few opportunities elsewhere in the world of this scale and in such close proximity to a major metropolitan city.

“The Netherlands is keen to increase bilateral partnerships and trade opportunities in a number of key industries. The great attraction about Woodhouse Station is that it

Not only aligns with our agri-food and horticulture industry, but also other key industries including water, energy, logistics, infrastructure and education,” Smits added.

Woodland_02Mr Smits was welcomed by Council officials from both Wyndham and Melton Councils who attended a high-tea event at the Eynesbury Homestead.

“It is always very exciting to be able to welcome world experts in industries that create economic opportunities and the potential for more jobs in our region,” commented Melton Mayor Cr Sophie Ramsey.

“Wyndham City is also very supportive of new industries that can create sustainable jobs and we would warmly welcome back any further representatives from the Kingdom of the Netherlands,” said Wyndham City Mayor Cr Peter Maynard.

The Project Manager for Woodhouse Station, JAC Land, commented that negotiations are currently underway for the first growers to commence operations, which would enable the first round of local jobs to be created.

Further information can be obtained from the Project Manager, JAC Land, Ph: +61 (0)3 9526 5158  Email: cquinn@jacland.com.au

Posted 26 June 2015

 


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