Sis­ter city stu­dents wel­comed

32-YEAR RE­LA­TION­SHIP

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

THE City of Bel­mont re­cently wel­comed stu­dents from its sis­ter city of Adachi, Japan, to Bel­mont, where they were greeted by their host fam­i­lies.

The 32-year part­ner­ship be­tween the two coun­tries, cities and cul­tures has re­sulted in hun­dreds of stu­dents trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia from Adachi, of­fer­ing the op­por­tu­nity for many lo­cal stu­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence a dif­fer­ent cul­ture.

This was the first time in Aus­tralia for many of the Adachi stu­dents.

The stu­dents trav­elled around Perth, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Aus­tralian cul­ture and mak­ing new friends.

Act­ing Bel­mont Mayor Robert Rossi said he was thrilled to be able to wel­come the stu­dents to Bel­mont.

“We are proud to con­tinue our re­la­tion­ship with the com­mu­nity of Adachi,” Cr Rossi said.

“The visit pro­vides a wonderful op­por­tu­nity for Bel­mont’s youth to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent ex­change pro­gram with our sis­ter city,” he said.

Back row: City of Bel­mont com­mu­nity and statu­tory ser­vices di­rec­tor Neville Deague, act­ing Con­sul-Gen­eral of Ja­panToshio Ida, Cr Robert Rossi, Adachi City In­ter­na­tional Ex­change Com­mit­tee chief of staff Toshi­nae Motegi and Cr Bernie Ryan. Front row: City of Bel­mont and Adachi-Ku freemen Peg Parkin and Fred Rae.

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