Eidsvold sis­ter city plan is un­cer­tain

Mayor says they will still share the Nor­we­gian his­tory

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Loftus Tobi.Loftus@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: HANS A ROSBACH/FLICKR

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Eidsvoll in Nor­way is a lit­tle different to Eidsvold in the North Bur­nett.

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