Signing of MOC with Singapore


Date: 25th November 2009

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SINGAPORE ‘CITY IN A GARDEN’ SIGNS UP WITH CAIRNS

Singapore’s development as a ‘City in a Garden’ using some of the world’s best hi-tech systems and people signed an agreement to share business opportunities and technology with the Cairns landscaping industry on Nov 25 2009.

The Cairns Landscaping Industries Cluster (CLIC) has been working with the Singapore
National Parks Board and individual businesses to establish this historic connection for the last two years.

Chairman of CLIC John Sullivan says “Singapore and Cairns have a similar tropical climate, plants and many techniques”. He says “One of the biggest advantages of a formal connection is the opening of business opportunities on both sides of the equator, specifically in the tropics. He said the Cairns landscape industries was valued at $0.5billion and included all the sectors of landscaping. “This Agreement will see the value to both partners grow substantially because we have plenty of tropical expertise, training systems and technology while the Singaporeans have a range of substantial experiences in setting the City State course as one of the world’s great and green destinations and a landscape industry valued at $1.5 billion this year”.

Green roof, green wall technology and water management using planned landscapes are some of the highly advanced systems and technology that Cairns landscape practitioners will have access to.

The twenty five member Singapore delegation was led by Dr Lawrence Leong Deputy CEO of the Singapore National Parks Board, who is also the Singapore Commissioner for Parks and Gardens. He was accompanied by some of the government team in charge of streetscapes, sky gardens, Singapore’s three million trees and national training through the Singapore Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE).

“Included in the tour were many of the top designers, contractors and landscaper delegates who’s annual turnover is in excess of $150million and will certainly have many mutual areas of business interest” says John Sullivan.

The signing ceremony between the National Parks Board of Singapore and CLIC took at the Flecker Botanic Gardens Collins Street Edge Hill on November 25 2009.

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To read the article from the Cairns Post - click here 

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