Local wins over sister city

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The town of Harvey will soon have a sister city relationship with China and Japan following a decision made at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Earlier in the year, two approaches were received by the Harvey Shire Council to form a sister city relationship, one from Moka City, Japan and another from Xiuzhou District, Jiaxing China.

In assessing the requests for an international relationship, each city was evaluated against strict assessment criteria that outlined economic, social, cultural and educational opportunities and benefits. An allocation of $10,000 was provided in the 2019-20 budget towards cultural exchange activities that included a lunch, dinner and travel throughout the town.

Shire president Tania Jackson said the international relationship would strengthen important ties for Harvey.

“Council felt that there was a lot of merit in forming relationships with our neighbours China and Japan,” Ms Jackson said.

“The possibilities of working together socially and economically will have huge benefits for us, and I’m hoping we can share some of our culture with them.”

However, Cr Craig Carbone suggested the money be spent on supporting community groups within the town.

“I personally cannot see any benefit from this,” Cr Carbone said. “Especially when it comes to the end of financial year and community groups in Harvey are asking for donations and we have spent $10,000 on something like this.”

The matter went to council on Tuesday night and was approved.

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