Pop-Up Embassy: Official Visit by Ambassador Derckx to Perth 24-28 June

Ambassador Marion Derckx will pay a visit to the state of Western Australia from 24-28 June. The visit will focus on the Netherlands’ bilateral ties with WA, trade relations, shared cultural heritage and the Dutch community. The ambassador’s visit is part of the second Dutch ‘Pop-Up Embassy’ in Australia.

The history and heritage shared between the Netherlands and Western Australia stretches back to the year 1616, when Dutch captain Dirk Hartog and his VOC ship Eendracht dropped anchor off Australia's West coast. Dirk Hartog became the first European to set foot on Western Australian soil. His crew charted the coastline and named it Eendrachtsland. Some VOC ships were less lucky: In total four Dutch shipwrecks have so far been discovered off the coast of Western Australia. 

In Perth, Ambassador Derckx will meet with several government officials for bilateral political consultations. The visit will also allow the ambassador to see first-hand how the dynamic economy of Western Australia is transforming and diversifying. It will provide an opportunity to explore possible cooperation between Western Australia and the Netherlands in areas such as smart mobility, logistics and infrastructure. Being a small and densely populated delta nation, the Netherlands has found creative new ways to manage complex urban situations that may be of interest to our Australian partners.

Ambassador Derckx will mark the maritime and migrant heritage shared by the Netherlands and Western Australia with visits to the WA Shipwrecks Museum in Fremantle, the welcome walls outside the maritime museum in Fremantle, the Duyfken Replica and meetings with the Dutch migrant community.

In Perth, the new Museum for WA is co-designed by Dutch architect firm OMA. The ambassador will also meet with the Committee for Perth to reflect on their experiences during last year's Smart Cities working visit to the Netherlands.

The visit will also draw attention to Dutch-Australian cooperation in the defense industry and to innovative, sustainable economic sectors the Dutch excel in, such as circular economy and renewables.

Pop-up consular desk

To make consular services easier accessible, the Dutch consular department opens its pop-up consular desk in Perth on Tuesday the 25th and Wednesday the 26th of June, to give the Dutch community in Western Australia the opportunity to submit passport applications (by appointment only and limited spots available). To make a booking, please visit our website: https://www.netherlandsworldwide.nl/latest/news/2019/06/04/passport-applications-in-perth-on-25th-and-26th-of-june-2019

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