HKABA-SA Wine Club Lunch Report

The Hongkong Australia Business Association - S.A held its inaugural Wine Club function on Friday 2nd of August at Park Lok Chinese restaurant.
A delicious meal was enjoyed by all and matched with some fantastic wines showing how a properly selected wine compliments a meal.
Wine Club chairman Mr Francis Wong outlined to his committee and guests    the Wine Clubs objectives saying he hoped to assist South Australian wine companies better understand what is required to break into the lucrative Hongkong and China markets.
The Wine Club committee has a great mix of wine industry personnel, individuals currently exporting to Hongkong and China and experienced wine show exhibitors.
Mr Francis Wong said that South Australia has some fantastic wine regions and the HKABA SA WINE CLUB will be working hard to spread the word.
The Wine Club will also work towards encouraging Australian wineries to exhibit at  the Hongkong International Wine and Spirit Fair this November, the HKABA SA has put together some fantastic packages for exhibitors including a MARKET RESEARCH PROGRAMME that gives a great insight into the Hongkong and China wine markets

Reported by Tony Decorso 






The HKABA-SA August ANZ / VIP Lunch

The Hong Kong Australia Business Association SA Chapter's August  ANZ / VIP Lunch was held in the Executive Board Room of ANZ House on August 7th, 2013. A delicious Silver Service 3 course meal & outstanding Award Winning Shingleback Wines were enjoyed, while lively discussion, sharing of ideas and opinions followed.

HKABA-SA Chapter President Michael Higgs, Vice President Malinda Kuo and Immediate Past President Patrick Ho welcomed VIP guests, HKABA Members and friends including State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall MPHon. Jing Lee MLC, ANZ Chairman SA Jane Yuile and ANZ General Manager Small Business, Corporate and Commercial Banking SA Nick Reade.

Upcoming initiatives discussed included the HKABA trade mission to the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Fair in November & the HKABA Delegation to the Hong Kong Forum in December lead by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood.

The Hong Kong Australia Business Association promotes trade, investment & relationship building between Australia, Hong Kong and China. With 59 offices in 24 countries we can help you connect with the World, especially China through Hong Kong SAR. For more information, visit:
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HKABA-SA Chapter Business Awards & Gala Dinner Report

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On Friday July 19th, the Hong Kong Australia Business Association’s SA Chapter held it’s Business Awards & Gala Dinner at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Around 300 guests from the South Australian Business community were in Attendance. VIPs attending included The Honourable Alexander Downer AC who delivered our Keynote Speech, Lieutenant Governor Hieu Van Le AO, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall MP and HKETO Director Steve Barclay.


5 Winner’s Trophies and 3 Judge’s Commendations were awarded on the night. I have included the details and a brief summary on an attached document for your reference. Congratulations to the following winners:

HKABA-SA 2013 Award Winners

(1) Contribution to Professional and Financial Services

- Winner
Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide Professor Mobo Gao
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005

The Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide is dedicated to promoting the understanding of, and engagement with, China among South Australians. Established as a joint venture between the University of Adelaide and Shandong University, China, the Confucius Institute educates and informs South Australians from all walks of life about China.

As an educational body, the Confucius Institutes provides knowledge and training to support trade and business between China/Hong Kong SAR and South Australia. Some of the Confucius Institute’s business programs include the highly successful ‘China Briefing’ series and the growing ‘China Business Training’ program.

- Judges’ Commendation

McGee’s Property
Darryl Carlile
Level 9, 60 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000

McGees Property is a multi-disciplined consultancy and agency specialising in the fields of Commercial, Industrial, Retail and Hotel/Leisure property. The scope of their services includes:
• Sales
• Leasing

• Management

• Valuation

• Consultancy
• Project Management
McGees Property is the only major commercial agency in Adelaide which is 100% locally owned. Not only that, through the network of other independent McGees offices, they are the largest privately owned national property consultancy practice in Australia providing professional and quality to an increasing client base from Hong Kong and China.

(2) Contribution to Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation

- Winner
Adelaide Festival Centre, OzAsia Festival
Douglas Gautier
Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Established in 2007, the award winning OzAsia Festival is a two-week event presented by Adelaide Festival Centre in September each year that explores the cultural engagement between Australia and Asia.

The strength of the Festival is its diversity and commitment to cross-cultural exchange. By partnering with notable institutions it has broadened its offering and cultural reach to encompass theatre, dance, music, films, literature, exhibitions and food.
Total attendance in 2012 was over 56,000 including exhibitions and attendance at the Moon Lantern Festival increased to 22,000.

This is the second year in a row that the Adelaide Festival Centre has won this accolade.

(3) Export of Goods and/or Services to Hong Kong SAR/China

- Winner
Pitcher Partners
Andrew Faulkner
160 Greenhill Road, Parkside SA 5063

Pitcher Partners is an accounting and business advisory firm with a strong reputation for providing personal service and quality advice to small to medium public companies and privately owned businesses.

Pitcher Partners Adelaide has eight principals and more than 70 staff providing the full suite of accounting, audit and advisory services to a diverse range of clients across a broad range of industries. To assist clients to take advantage of these opportunities, Pitcher Partners Adelaide set up a dedicated China advisory team in 2009.

Earlier this year, a high-powered China business delegation led by Pitcher Partners partnered with ANZ, has targeted more than 200 high net worth individuals in China who have shown a high level of interest in investing in Australia and South Australia.

-Judges’ Commendations

Tomich Hill Winery
Randal Tomich
87 King William Road, Unley SA 5061

Tomich Hill Wines is a Family owned 3rd generation Farming Family with 210 acres under vine in the Adelaide Hills with 27 individual blocks. For the last 5 years Tomich Hill Wines has been driven to best understand foreign markets and more specifically Hong Kong / China to therefore affectively execute the Tomich Hill Brand into the local market of Hong Kong / China and have been successfully exporting large volumes of wine to on an annual basis for the last 4 years.

-Majestic Opals
PO Box 37, North Adelaide 5006
Sophia Provatidis

Majestic Opals is an established family Business that has been mining opals in all the South Australian Opal Fields since 1964. Their base is in Coober Pedy, where the majority of our mining and wholesaling activities take place. Founder John Provatidis mines buys and wholesales the rough or uncut opals to National and International wholesalers, including cutters and manufacturers from US, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, and now Mainland China.

(4) Import of Goods and/or Services from Hong Kong SAR/China

Flavio Sandstone
Flavio Condelli
98A Muller Road, Greenacres SA 5086

Flavio Sandstone was founded in 1996 by Flavio Condelli who started experimenting with different design and construction methods for garden planters. The company is at the forefront of developing pre cast sandstone products for the ever expanding designer landscaping market; both residential and commercial. Flavio Sandstone is a local manufacturer of sandstone pots, pillars and pavers who have successfully grown their business by adding imported outdoor living products such as furniture, pizza ovens and letterboxes to expand their range and increase their customer base.

(5) Entrepreneur of the Year

Janice Fok
Craneford Wines
Suite 64, 36 Franklin Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Craneford Wines is a medium size winery which produces a range of premium wines for the export market. Janice heads up the company’s office in Hong Kong established 3 years ago with a specific focus to bringing their products into Hong Kong and mainland China. She has been the catalyst in facilitating very demanding company structures and the formation of a foreign fully owned import and export company based in Guangzhou. 


Special Announcements

In addition to our Awards, a number of special announcements were made:

Our commitment to the new State Brand was demonstrated with the promotion of our new Wine Club which incorporates the State Brand in it’s logo. The HKABA Wine club promotes South Australian wines and helps educate wine consumers locally and in Hong Kong & China. I attach a copy of our Wine Club logo for your reference.


Our focus on trade and investment in South Australia was highlighted with several announcements including an in-bound trade mission of Hong Kong & Chinese companies interested in cooperating in the South Australian Medical Services Industry in August. Also announced was our Trade Mission to the Hong Kong Wine Show in November.

In December we will coordinate a delegation to the Hong Kong Forum focusing on Professional Services lead by the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide Stephen Yarwood. We will also have a booth at the World SME expo in Hong Kong in December where we will promote Education, Investment, Tourism and Trade opportunities in South Australia to around 15,000 business professionals in attendance. I attach my President’s Speech delivered on July 19th which includes more detail.



Reported by Mike Higgs


HKABA-SA Chapter 
“My Chinese Dream” The Hanyu Qiao Language Competition

The Hanyu Qiao (meaning Language Bridge) Language competition organized by the Confucius Institute at the University of Adelaide is a Chinese proficiency competition for secondary school students comprising three competition categories – general knowledge written test; Chinese speech and cultural performance.

The Hong Kong Australian business Association (South Australian Chapter) is pleased to be a sponsor of this event as it completely meshes with our broad policy philosophy that for the continuation of prosperous trade between South Australia and Hong Kong and or Mainland China, the State must maintain a pool of fluent Mandarin speaking citizens and who are also fully conversant with the Chinese culture. This is essential for South Australian businesses to engage in efficient commercial commerce between this State and our country’s biggest trading partner. Therefore our Association is delighted to continue our support for this inspired well organized event.

This year the event, being the 6th time it has been held, took place in Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide where the Vice Chancellor Prof Kent Anderson welcomed distinguished guests and approximately 172 students from South Australian, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory schools, who came in support of their individual class mate contestants participating in the two day completion.

Following the completion of the full morning program the judges retired to what the Chief Judge described as a terribly difficult task as the performances of all contestants were of an extremely high standard in all categories. The three overall winners selected will have the opportunity to participate in the International Finals to be held in China later this year.

The Culture Category produced a wonderful selection of performances including an exhibition on dumpling making, bamboo painting demonstration, Chinese calligraphy, fan and ribbon dancing, Chinese paper cutting, tai chi, songs, and a demonstration to tie the Chinese dragon knot. All were a pleasure to watch and appreciate the obvious depth the contesting students have in their understanding of very different and wide ranging aspects of the Chinese culture.

The HKABA was kindly invited by Prof Mobo Gao Director, Confucius Institute and Chair of Chinese Studies to present the prizes and certificates to the two winners of the General Knowledge category – Romon Davis-Fahey from Adelaide High School and Samuel Fairlie from St Martins Lutheran Church which along with all the other winners were thoroughly congradulated with enthusiastic applause.

Our Association wishes to also specially congratulate and note the three overall winners of the competition which are –

First Prize:     Isaiah Luc SA (St Peter’s College)

Second Prize: Jayde Wilson WA (Mt Lawley Senior High School)

Third Prize:    Tata Bacovic  WA (Mt Lawley Senior High School)   


John McLachlan.

Committee Member HKABA (SA Chapter)


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