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European Australian Business : 2008
46 This is an exciting time for business and cultural connections between Queensland and Europe. The Smart State has been very active in the past twelve months in developing relation- ships with a number of European countries covering a diverse range of activities. Global Navigation Satellite Systems The Queensland Government has been active in supporting and promot- ing Queensland companies involved in Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). We coordinated a GNSS trade mission to Germany, Italy and France in Octo- ber 2007 which included participation in the Systems Trade Fair in Munich. A special industry directory was prepared to support the mission and to promote Queensland capability in GNSS to the rest of the world. Queensland, with its vast size and diverse climatic zones, has had to adapt technologies to meet the needs of remote communities and to service industries across the State. These challenges have led to innova- tive applications for GNSS, particularly in agriculture, mining, transport and infrastructure. Music Queensland’s worldwide profile for music continues to grow with Brisbane being named by Billboard Magazine as one of five music hot spots in the world to watch in 2007. Queensland was represented at the Popkomm Music Festival in Berlin in September 2007, an international music business conference, trade show, and music showcase which at- tracted over 800 exhibitors and 15,000 visitors from 55 countries. Our music was promoted through the Music Made in Queensland CD which showcased 34 singer-songwriters while invitations were extended to ma- jor music industry executives to attend QMusic’s Big Sound Music Summit in 2008. Queensland has produced many inter- national music successes including the Bee Gees, Powderfinger, The Go Betweens and Savage Garden and most recently Pete Murray and The Veronicas. Now a new generation of Queensland music artists are about to put Queen- sland on the world musical map in a big way. They include former co-lead singer of George, Tyrone Noonan and groups Resin Dogs, Transport, Dead Day Sun, Brindle, Dr Octopus, Inter- cooler, Giants of Science and Mary Trembles. The Queensland music industry is also cutting grooves into the UK market. Top international music buyers John Hemming from MSR Music UK and Rod Thomson from Absorb Music, DA Recordings and Fruition Music came to Brisbane in October to attend QMusic’s 2007 Big Sound Music Summit. They specialise in importing product from overseas and the sourcing and negotiation of licensing, distribution, management, digital distribution, marketing and promotions, touring and publishing deals and agreements. Indigenous Art Through the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA), the Queensland Govern- ment has been very active in promoting Queensland Indigenous artists in Europe. In October 2007 a group of Wik artists from Cape York in Far North Queen- sland presented two sets of traditional carved Law Poles, made from the cottonwood tree, to the people of The Netherlands at the Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, near The Hague. The gift was given in a gesture of reconciliation for an incident that hap- pened over 400 years ago. In 1606, the Dutch crew of the ship Duyfken landed at Cape Keerweer on the west coast of Cape York but were driven away at spearpoint by Wik warriors. The Lockhart River Art Gang, also from our Cape York region were featured in a major exhibition at the Civic Gallery of Modern Art in Spoleto, Italy. The Art from Australia exhibition was part of the prestigious Spoleto International Arts Festival held in the Queensland connects with Europe Road Infrastructure, Sunshine Coast