City of Gosnells on the hunt for sister city arrangement

City of Gosnells on the hunt for sister city arrangement

CITY of Gosnells could be on the lookout for a sister city in the near future after the council approved a motion to identify prospective cities.

The council have requested chief executive Ian Cowie investigate the establishment of a sister city relationship with an overseas local government, with initial funding of up to $50,000.

Mr Cowie was asked to identify appropriate cities, particularly in China and India due to their growing importance to the WA economy, and establish a budget to support the partnership over three financial years.

The issue was hotly-debated, as councillor Peter Abetz said he though the concept was a great idea, but wondered how it could work for the City and emphasised the need to research first.

Meanwhile, Cr David Goode said he was not against sister cities but was unsure it would suit Gosnells.

Cr Olwen Searle argued the City had no major tourist attractions, ports, universities or significant industrial facilities and asked whether the its struggling ratepayers would appreciate this idea.

The vote was split 6-6 among the council, with Mayor Glenn Dewhurst casting his deciding vote in favour of the idea.

Mr Cowie is expected to deliver his findings to the council by the end of May.

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