Sister Cities celebrate 30 years

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett opened the celebrations and welcomed the Consul General of Japan Keizo Takewaka.The Sister City relationship between the Hawkesbury and Tamba, which is located in the heart of Japan's most historical prefecture, Kyoto, began in 1988. Tamba amalgamated with its neighbouring towns and it is now known as Kyotamba. Hawkesbury City Council signed a reaffirmation of the relationship with Kyotamba in 2007. Like Hawkesbury City, Kyotamba has an agricultural base.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Mary Lyons-Buckett opened the celebrations and welcomed the Consul General of Japan Keizo Takewaka, Councillors, international visitors and the local community.

“The Hawkesbury Sister City Association has run an extremely successful student exchange program that has allowed the youth of our two communities the opportunity to experience the lifestyle and culture of their Sister City,” the Mayor said.

2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of the student exchange program between Hawkesbury and Kyotamba, which has involved around 350 Japanese and Australian students since the program began.

“The strong bond between Kyotamba and Hawkesbury City is evident from the continued activities and programs run by both Sister City Associations,” Councillor Lyons-Buckett said.

Japan Keizo Takewaka StudentsSince 2001, Council has spent $96,000 on the student exchange program, $248,000 on contributions to the Hawkesbury Sister City Association and a further $54,000 on other Sister City related programs, totalling almost $400,000.

“Hawkesbury City Council is proud to support the Hawkesbury Sister City Association,” the Mayor said.

“Our wonderful Sister Cities program is about ‘Building Friendships between People and Nations’, which is the motto of the Sister Cities program.

“The Sister City Association programs have given many students the opportunity to experience different cultures, develop new skills and knowledge and make long lasting friendships,” she said.

“The displays of past Kyotamba gifts, historic past photos and traditional costumes are impressive and we remain grateful to Kyotamba have such an interesting display.

“Both the Kyotamba and Hawkesbury Sister City Associations should be proud of their work. Congratulations to everyone involved in these wonderful programs.”

For more information about the Hawkesbury Sister City Association, contact the Association’s President Tina Tallack on 4573 2617 or email hawkesburyscapresident@outlook.com

Sister City students met the Mayor and attended a Council Meeting

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