Coun­cil’s call to help Iwaki re­cover

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil will use the $ 20,000 it had planned for a visit to Iwaki to help its disas­ter-rav­aged sis­ter city re­cover from the March 11 earth­quake and tsunami.

The coun­cil this week kick-started a pub­lic ap­peal for funds to help Iwaki, which suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­aged in the nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and the re­sul­tant nu­clear disas­ter af­ter an ex­plo­sion in a nu­clear power plant.

Townsville and Iwaki en­tered into a sis­ter city agree­ment in Au­gust, 1991 and a del­e­ga­tion was to travel to Ja­pan for the 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions later this year.

The coun­cil, though, will use the money to help re­build Iwaki, with Mayor Les Tyrell call­ing on the pub­lic to help turn the $ 20,000 into a lot more.

‘‘ Coun­cil has de­cided to in­sti­tute a pub­lic ap­peal for funds,’’ Cr Tyrell said.

‘‘ The best way at this time to pro­vide as­sis­tance is to pro­vide cash and we’ll be in­sti­tut­ing a pub­lic ap­peal for do­na­tions from Townsville com­mu­nity to send to sis­ter city coun­cil.

‘‘ We’ll be putting in $ 20,000 to start the ap­peal off. It’s a fig­ure that was put aside for next year’s bud­get for a visit by Iwaki to cel­e­brate the sis­ter city an­niver­sary.

‘‘ It’s quite ob­vi­ous they now won’t be at­tend­ing so coun­cil has moved that al­lo­ca­tion to form the ba­sis of the ap­peal for Iwaki res­i­dents.’’

Cr Tyrell said due to the scale of the disas­ter, mak­ing con­tact has been dif­fi­cult.

‘‘ Iwaki has been a sis­ter city for the past 20 years and there’s a lot of peo­ple who have had con­tact with Iwaki dur­ing that time and now it’s time to help.’’ Cr Tyrell has asked res­i­dents to be gen­er­ous. For more de­tails of how you can help, go www. townsville. qld. gov. au.

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