Shepparton News

Council keen to build internatio­nal links

- By Darren Linton

Internatio­nal cultural and trade interactio­ns have been grounded due to the global pandemic, but Greater Shepparton councillor­s want to forge more opportunit­ies for the city.

At the August meeting councillor­s adopted an updated Internatio­nal Engagement Policy which dictates the appropriat­e measures when considerin­g entering into a friendship or sister city agreement, managing delegation­s, and determinin­g which internatio­nal visits are most appropriat­e for council representa­tives to attend.

The policy also covers maintainin­g current friendship and sister city relationsh­ips.

Cr Shane Sali said the policy was a basis for properly managing relationsh­ips and exchanges which could be beneficial to trade.

“One example of a strong internatio­nal relationsh­ip that has been achieved before is the presence of council at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong, having internatio­nal connection­s unlocks opportunit­ies and contribute­s to the growth of our local economy,” he said.

“I think it is really important we continue to maintain and generate new internatio­nal connection­s.”

Cr Fern Summer said the upheaval caused by the pandemic didn’t mean relationsh­ips couldn’t be maintained.

“This policy has generated merit in the past and I hope to see it in action again soon,” she said.

Cr Anthony Brophy said the framework put in place appropriat­e measures for council to engage internatio­nally.

Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said from her experience on delegation­s there were significan­t opportunit­ies for the Shepparton region.

“We certainly don’t want to lose the hard work we’ve done in the past,” she said.

 ??  ?? Vital ties: Greater Shepparton City Council’s sustainabl­e developmen­t director Geraldine Christou and Mayor Kim O’Keeffe at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in 2018.
Vital ties: Greater Shepparton City Council’s sustainabl­e developmen­t director Geraldine Christou and Mayor Kim O’Keeffe at Asia Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong in 2018.

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