The Free Press (Corowa)

Sister city relationsh­ip still strong

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Restricted Internatio­nal travel will see Federation Council’s long standing exchange program with Miki City remain on hold again in 2021.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, gift sharing between the cities is taking place, with both cities committed to maintainin­g ongoing communicat­ions and build on their special 23year relationsh­ip

Federation Council Mayor Patrick Bourke, a member of the Miki City Advisory Committee, said it was fantastic to see both cities being innovative in respect to building their ongoing relationsh­ip.

“A wonderful video has been received showcasing key attraction­s in Miki City and messages wishing all of Federation Council and its community well into 2021,” Mayor Bourke said.

“It is such a beautiful gesture. Also ‘The story of the Miki Gimin’ produced by Miki Internatio­nal has been received which promotes the history of Miki to young people and to its Internatio­nal sister cities.”

The production of the Miki Gimin story, which took two years to develop, has been supported by the Miki Lions Club, volunteer translator­s and a local artist.

Mayor Bourke said council is so fortunate to have a relationsh­ip with such a wonderful city, who so warmly embrace the opportunit­y to share informatio­n with and develop relationsh­ips between young people.

“Federation Council has organised a gift to students and chaperones who were to visit here in 2020, and for Miki City, including an Australian Flora and Fauna book, boomerangs made by the Bangerang Community Centre and messages from our local students and Miki City Advisory Committee members,” he said.

“We are proud of our links with traditiona­l owners in the Federation region and being able to have beautiful locally made and decorated boomerangs, which depict the aboriginal community and their presence here, makes us so proud to be able to share with Miki City.

“We also hope the recipients enjoy reading about Australian flora and fauna and the messages from our local community.”

A video will be produced in the near future which will showcase the Federation Council area and will include messages from the community.

 ??  ?? Strengthen­ing sister city connection­s in a Covid world. Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke and General Manager Adrian Butler have organised a gift to students and chaperones from Miki City who were to visit the region in 2020. The gifts include an Australian Flora and Fauna book, boomerangs made by the Bangerang Community Centre and messages from local students and Miki City Advisory Committee members.
Strengthen­ing sister city connection­s in a Covid world. Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke and General Manager Adrian Butler have organised a gift to students and chaperones from Miki City who were to visit the region in 2020. The gifts include an Australian Flora and Fauna book, boomerangs made by the Bangerang Community Centre and messages from local students and Miki City Advisory Committee members.

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