Eidsvold sister city plan is uncertain
Mayor says they will still share the Norwegian history
THE plan for a sister city relationship between Eidsvold in the North Burnett and the town after which it is named, Eidsvoll in Norway, has come to a standstill.
North Burnett Mayor Rachel Chambers said discussions over the years between the towns had not gone anywhere.
“It’s been a long term thing,” Cr Chambers said.
“We’ve repeatedly tried to make contact with Eidsvoll to establish a relationship with them and will continue to do that into the future.”
Cr Chambers said it did not look positive.
“I don’t think there is any sister city action to be had there,” she said.
“Speaking with other mayors, the idea of a formal sister city is sort of being strayed away from.
“It’s a lot less formal than what it used to be.”
Cr Chambers said the council was not giving up on the idea of having a sister city relationship with Eidsvoll because some members of the Eidsvold community wanted to have it.
“They want it partly for history, the joint history,” she said.
“Hopefully it will be a joint future.”
A display at the Eidsvold Library currently highlights the history between the two towns.
“It’s one thing to read something and another to look at photos and have that display to get the story,” Cr Chambers said.
“It’s one of the priorities of council to tell the story of our towns.
“Eidsvoll is part of that story, it’s part of our story as a region, it is important to tell the story and the whole story.”
Cr Chambers said the council was also looking at ways to showcase Eidsvold’s Aboriginal history.
“All our history is unique, whether it’s your family or my family,” Cr Chambers said.
“All history is just as important.”
Eidsvold was named after the Norwegian town, which up until 1918 was called Eidsvold, by the Archer brothers who founded Eidsvold Station.
Eidsvoll is a significant town in Norway as it was where the constitution was signed in 1814.
There is another town called Eidsvold in the US state of Minnesota.
WHAT’S IN A NAME? Eidsvoll in Norway is a little different to Eidsvold in the North Burnett.