Karratha to have first ever Sister City
25 Nov 2014
The City of Karratha will welcome a delegation led by the Mayor of Lanshan District in China to cement a Sister City agreement.
Lanshan District in Rizhao is home to China’s largest iron ore import terminal and already has a strong trading relationship with the City of Karratha.
The agreement will be the City’s first ever international relationship and marks the culmination of a year’s worth of negotiations with Lanshan District.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the relationship would bring a range of economic, educational and cultural benefits to the region.
“Our significant trading relationship with Lanshan makes it a perfect partner for us to continue to grow our investment relationship with China,” Cr Long said.
“The Sister City agreement will be about far more than trade and investment. The Sister Cities Advisory Group has already proposed high school and TAFE teacher and student exchanges to Rizhao to enhance the educational opportunities for our students,” he said.
“We’re also looking at opportunities for cultural exchanges involving our local Aboriginal art groups as well as school students.”
The Sister City agreement will focus on trade and investment co-operation with a strong commitment to exchange programs in culture and education for young people.
Rizahao is situated in the Shandong province of China, and is home to a large steel, fishing and timber processing industries as well as two major ports.
Mayor Zhang Guiwei will bring a delegation of business and government officials to Perth and Karratha on November 26-27.