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European Australian Business : 2008
Senator The Hon Kim Carr is a water reserve that supplies 60 per cent of Perth’s drinking water. In partnership with the Western Australia Department of Water, Schlumberger Water Services is developing a real- time monitoring system that will continuously acquire, transmit and process groundwater data. French companies are also bring- ing us the benefits of European pre-eminence in desalination technol- ogy. Veolia strengthened its Australian investments in June 2007 by winning a contract to supply Sydney with a reverse-osmosis plant capable of purifying a quarter of a million cubic metres of seawater per day. In Kwi- nana, south of Perth, a joint venture between Dégrement and Australian developer Multiplex has resulted in a wind-powered desalination plant – the largest in the world powered entirely by renewable energy. Finally, Australia offers one advantage that is often undervalued. Something that keeps companies here once they decide to invest. It is the lifestyle. Peo- ple from all over the world love living here. Our major cities are frequently rated the most liveable in the world. I encourage European companies to take a close look at Australia and at this publication. We have assembled data and information designed to help you decide whether Australia could be a productive investment destination for your business. We will help you in every way we can and look forward to welcoming you to Australia. Senator The Hon Kim Carr Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research foreword 23