Shire goes looking for sister city
THE Douglas Shire Council has embarked on a journey to find a sister city.
The project, which is the brainchild of Mayor Julia Leu, will attempt to identify a locality from Australia or around the world that shares the values of the Douglas Shire and its people.
Douglas Shire has had sister cities in the past – during its time as part of the Cairns Regional Council.
Ms Leu said the idea to seek a partnership with a community afar was embraced by other councillors and senior management at the council.
Executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree Tara Bennett said she was well on board with the idea.
“I think this is a fantastic initiative that will strengthen our ties with a key inbound market. It would also provide another platform for us to raise the profile of the shire,” said Ms Bennett.
“Any region that represents similar values to Douglas with a focus on nature based tourism would be a great match.”
On the actual location of a sister city for Douglas Shire., Ms Leu declined to share any ideas that had been kicked around already.
“Council has an open mind on the location – our priority is to first identify and finalise the objectives of the project and then see what locations may fit.”
There’s a world of options out there though, and Ms Leu said the community would be welcome to submit ideas.
When asked for her ideas, Ms Bennett shared some of her wishlist. “For me somewhere like Carmel-By-The-Sea in California would be a great fit. Carmel was a source of inspiration for the Douglas Shire Tourism Strategy in 1998 due to its balanced development and long term planning for sustainable growth.
“I also have a love of Zermatt in Switzerland and there are parallels between the two, with Zermatt attracting jetsetters seeking a laid back nature based experience, where celebrities can travel under the radar. The region is renowned for it’s natural beauty including the famous Matterhorn.”
Laid back nature: Kite surfing in Port Douglas