Celebrating 20 year Sister City relationship

Published on 08 November 2019

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On Monday 11th November Goulburn Mulwaree Council will welcome a delegation of ten from Shibetsu, Japan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Sister City relationship.

The visit marks 20 years since the formal Sister City Agreement was signed by then Goulburn City Council Mayor Margaret O’Neill, who is still a Councillor today.

The group will spend three days in Goulburn Mulwaree, with a number of Mayoral Receptions and events, including the dedication ceremony of the traditional Japanese Garden (‘Shibetsu Garden’) which is being built in Victoria Park.

Mayor Bob Kirk said he was looking forward to the visit, which will be an opportunity to strengthen cultural, social and economic ties between the two regions.

“Over twenty years the two cities have exchanged value in a number of ways, including through the opportunity of student exchanges. A highlight of the delegation will be the dedication ceremony of the Shibetsu Garden which is going to be a magnificent feature of Victoria Park.

“Extensive work has already gone into this project with pathways and a gazebo now constructed and some beautiful stone work undertaken. Further planting and landscaping will occur over the coming months to complete stage one of the garden.”

The delegation will arrive in Goulburn on Monday 11th November and depart on Thursday 14th November. Throughout the visit the delegation will enjoy a bus tour of Goulburn, a 20th anniversary celebration dinner and a number of other activities.