Coral Covey Jewellry

Coral Covey at 1st Entrepreneur’s Tisch, Munich

Laura Deakin, Australian jeweller and founder of Coral Covey jewellery was host for the 1st Entrepreneur’s Tisch organized by GABC on 30 November this year.  The evening took place at her pop-up exhibition in Munich, and was attended by Munich GABC members and friends.

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Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC

Penelope Richardson introduced the event with a few words about the value of creative industries to vitalizing cities and their economies. In the last decade cities that have embraced their creative sector have seen significant growth as well as renewal, such as Berlin, Leipzig and Melbourne.

According to the  ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI) at the Queensland University of Technology  Australia the ‘the creative sector employ more than 5% of the workforce in Australia and encompasses advertising and marketing, architecture, design and visual arts, traditional arts, film, TV newspapers and radio, music and performing arts, publishing, software and digital content’. Creative businesses can take many forms and sizes. But they all have to start somewhere.

Members and friends had an opportunity to see the handmade silver jewellery unique to Coral Covey, to hear about Laura’s business idea and the philosophy underpinning it, acquire insight into getting the Munich start-up off the ground and get an understanding of the making processes.

Many questions were asked about the process of making the jewellery along with an interest in the knowing about Laura’s Australian/German connection and her studies at the Munich art academy. Participants also had a chance to see the work of Scottish printmaker, Freya Cummings, who showed her textiles, cards and fine art prints alongside Coral Covey, both eco-friendly businesses.

A great beginning to the new GABC Entrepreneur’s Tisch.

Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC

Coral Covey GABC 1st Entrepreneur's Tisch

Coral Covey GABC 1st Entrepreneur's Tisch

Coral Covey Jewellry
Coral Covey jewellery & GABC 1st Entrepreneur’s Tisch

Australian-German Advisory Group Report Release

It was a milestone between both countries today, as the Australian-German advisory group co-chaired by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and German Minister of State Dr Maria Böhmer presented their report and recommendations to the Prime Minister and Chancellor Merkel.

The report was created to identify strategic opportunities and cooperations which will strengthen the relationship between both countries and included a submission from the GABC board.

Our board members Robert Harrison, Eberhard Goihl, Sabine Pittrof, Stefan Augustin and David Campbell were present at the reception held in honour of the Prime Minister The Hon Malcolm Tunbull  at the Australian Embassy in Berlin following the release of the report.

The report can be viewed here: 

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Melbourne Cup Carnival Business Breakfast

Fascinators, top hats, straw hats and headpieces galore – the annual Melbourne Spring Racing fashion arrived at the Hilton in Frankfurt on a foggy Tuesday morning. Our German Australian Business Council members and guests gathered for a business breakfast buffet with a touch of Melbourne Cup Couture. Guests enjoyed networking over a delicious sekt breakfast while hearing a presentation from Carsten Meier (Investment Director for the State of Victoria) about investment opportunities in Victoria followed by a delayed telecast of the race.

Thanks to our generous corporate sponsor Emirates who provided the ultimate major prize in our sweepstake: a return Emirates flight for two to Melbourne including two Victoria Racing Club passes to AAMI Victorian Derby Day and Emirates Melbourne Cup Day 2016. A thrilled Jacqueline Fehse was the lucky winner of this. Other lucky winners included Liz Holland for her stylish race outfit and Laurence Hendry for his elegant outfit in the gentlemen’s category. Both Liz and Laurence received a bottle of Australian Sparkling wine donated by Gogan Fine Wines. There were also generous prizes from Olaf & Karen Czirr from the Australien Wine Store for those guests who drew the winning and losing horses in the sweep.  Thanks also to the Melbourne Business School and the State Government of Victoria and Aesop for their support in sponsoring this successful event.

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Aesop are now in Munich

Aesop Luitpoldblock

Delicately balanced Brutalism

Aesop recently opened its first signature store in Munich – the company’s seventh in Germany. Tucked within historic city centre The Luitpoldblock, and created in collaboration with local firm einszu33, the design experiments with balance and tension effected by striking contrasts in materiality and texture, and through tactile, delicate accents.

Centrally positioned in the main room, an outsized concrete point-of-sale counter complements a tiered concrete ceiling and screed floors; collectively, these Brutalist elements resonate with the architecture of the neighbourhood. A Carrara marble top and recessed marble sink contrast the counter’s monolithic austerity and soften the interior’s atmosphere. In the adjoining space a rounded concrete sink affords extended consultations, while vintage furnishings invite repose.

A vertical trapeze of aged brass with slender shelves of Carrara Marble descends from the ceiling and sits in the window, which yields generous views of the urban square beyond. The interior wall opposite the window is finished with soft velvet panels, which catch light and reflect rosy hues that shift over the course of the day.

Visitors can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store’s trained consultants are able to offer advice about those best suited to individual needs.

Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and today offers its superlative formulations in signature stores and counters around the world, and online. As the company evolves, meticulously considered design remains paramount to the creation of each space.

Aesop Luitpoldblock

Maximiliansplatz 10
80333 München, Germany

+49 089 2554 7016

Montag bis Sonntag AM 11.00 PM 7.00


Aesop Shop Opening

German Australian Business Council in Munich welcomes Aesop ….


On October 15 Aesop opened its first signature store in Munich. Visitors were able to explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality.

Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987.

German Australian Business Council Board members Elisabeth Opie, Penelope Richardson, Rob Harrison and Eberhard Goihl were invited to examine the extraordinary facility located in the Luitpoldblock.


Pascale Thouzery (Aesop Head of Marketing), Penelope Richardson (German Australian Business Council Board), Elisabeth Opie (German Australian Business Council Board)

Evening Reception For the Deputy Premier of Queensland

Despite the extremely warm weather in Frankfurt on Thursday 2nd July 2015, the German Australian Business Council was very pleased to host a reception for the Deputy Premier of Queensland, the Honourable Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier of Queensland, Minister for Transport, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade.

Ms Trad was accompanied by the Queensland Agent General and Trade and Investment Commissioner to London, Mr Ken Smith.

Ms Trad and her colleagues were visiting Frankfurt following their attendance the previous day at a meeting of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in Bonn. The group was buoyed by the Committee’s decision not to declare Australia’s Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, a decision that both the Queensland and Federal Governments claim is a direct result of the action taken on behalf of both governments aimed at protecting the reef.

Ms Trad also met with the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in Bonn, the Minister for Construction, Housing, Urban Development and Transport in NRW and Siemens in Düsseldorf, as well as key financial institutions in Frankfurt, with a view to attracting investment interest in Queensland’s extensive transport, infrastructure and urban development projects.

Ms Trad pointed out that with a GDP of over USD265 million, Queensland, Australia’s second largest and third most populous state has an economy comparable to that of Finland and larger than those of Ireland, Portugal and Greece.

Ms Trad also acknowledged the historical links between Queensland and Germany, which are continually evident to her given that the Brisbane German Club lies in her electorate of South Brisbane.

The Deputy Premier also noted the opportunities that existed for Queensland business in the German market as well as the economic opportunities for German businesses in Queensland.

In proposing a vote of thanks, German Australian Business Council Deputy Chair, André Haermeyer, pointed out the complementarity of commercial and economic interests between Australia and Germany, in particular how German “Mittelstand” businesses could use Australia as a safe springboard into the Asian market and as a vehicle to accelerate their own innovation, whilst Australia could learn a great deal from German in terms of how a developed country can be a competitive manufacturer of goods.

With the formal part of the evening over, Ms Trad spent more time networking with German Australian Business Council members, many of whom had travelled to Frankfurt specifically to heat her views and strengthen their business contacts in Australia. Later a smaller group ventured out into the balm Frankfurt night to soak up the atmosphere at the Opernplatzfest and try some famous Frankfurt Apfelwein.

The 2015 Ambassador’s Dinner in Frankfurt

The Annual Ambassador’s Dinner was held on Wednesday 10th June at the newly renovated Holzhausenschlösschen in Frankfurt. We were delighted to be joined by the Australian Ambassador, H.E. Mr David Ritchie AO. We were also delighted to see so many of our members in attendance along with some of their corporate guests.

The evening commenced with pre-dinner drinks and canapés in the downstairs foyer area. We then moved to the main reception room upstairs for the dinner and speeches. Sabine Pittrof, Chair of the Board welcomed the attendees and his Excellency David Ritchie to the event.

The Ambassador’s address focused on the new German Australian Advisory Group that was established by the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott following the G20 Meeting in Brisbane in 2014. Mr Ritchie outlined the current status of the trade relationship between Germany and Australia, the joint benefits that can be pursued and new initiatives that may be undertaken. Mr Ritchie appealed to those in attendance to submit their thoughts and ideas to the committee before its next meeting in July 2015.

The evening was accompanied by the musical talent of Ms Kristin Voigt on the Holzhausenchlösschen’s magnificent Bösendorfer grand piano.

Events such as the Ambassador’s Dinner would not be possible without the generous support of our Corporate Members. Sonic Healthcare (Gold Sponsor), the Australian Trade Commission (Bronze Sponsor) and our further sponsors; Forum Rechtsanwälte, the Melbourne Business School and Adina Apartment Hotels who all supported this event. The German Australian Business Council would like to thank them once again for their ongoing support.

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The 1st GABC Oktoberfest Mittags Wies’n

On 2 October 2015, the 1th GABC Oktoberfest Mittags Wies’n took place. 10 GABC members and guests met at the Löwenbräu Festzelt and everybody enjoyed the unique atmosphere during lunch time.


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Outside the tent was a typical Bavarian white-blue sky and inside the tent nice music, some mass of beer and the obligatory Hendl. New contacts and interesting talks took place.


5th GABC Oktoberfest Event

The 5th GABC Oktoberfest Event

On 21 September 2015, the 5th GABC Oktoberfest Event took place, proudly sponsored by our corporate members mic AG and Telstra. 20 GABC members and guests met for a welcome at the Hacker-Pschorr Bräuhaus in the afternoon. New contacts and interesting talks took place. Invigorated by a Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’ everybody enjoyed the unique atmosphere at the Bräurosl tent until late at night.

Before entering the Bräurosl tent…
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Starting the casual part…..enjoying the Hendl…singing along, and particularly enjoying the Australian bit of the song where they repeat  ‘oi, oi, oi’!

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OzFest in Munich

On the weekend 7th to 9th August the 1st Munich OzFest took place, organised by the AFL Munich Kangaroos who are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Our Patron, the Australian Ambassador H.E. David Ritchie AO together with the 2nd Lord Mayor of Munich, Josef Schmid opened the event. H.E. David Ritchie AO had to tap the 1st beer barrel. He gave an excellent demonstration of skill – 2 strikes! The program was also excellent: 11 different musicians /music groups were playing during the festival, the Waltzing Matilda Bush Dancers performed famous Australian dances. There was also boomerang throwing and boat races in the fountain at the Rindermarkt.

The weather was really nice apart from 10 minutes of rain on Saturday evening.

The OzFest was a great promotion for Australia.

GABC Board members Rob Harrison and Eberhard Goihl had the chance to support the event with a German Australian Business Council page in the OzFest Booklet. A lot of visitors were able to take the new German Australian Business Council flyer home.

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