10th Anniversary for WA Sister Cities

JOONDALUP councillors at last month’s meeting received an overview of the highlights and outcomes of the City’s delegation to China earlier this year.

The delegation, which included Mayor Troy Pickard, chief executive Garry Hunt and councillors Philippa Taylor, Kerry Hollywood, Russ Fishwick and Christine Hamilton-Prime, visited the Jinan People’s Municipal Government to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their sister city relationship.

Meetings and discussions about beneficial business prospects were held with the Mayor of Jinan and senior officials from the Jinan Foreign Affairs Office, tourism and commerce bureaus, Jinan Vocational College and the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences.

The delegation also attended a briefing from Federal Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Mr Pickard said the visit enabled the City to explore opportunities for partnerships and investment, particularly in education, health, aged care, tourism and digital.

It also allowed the City to launch its investment attraction prospectus to the Chinese market and promote Joondalup’s centres of excellence in education, research and health as well as tourism and lifestyle advantages.

“There was significant interest and enthusiasm from the Jinan People’s Municipal Government to explore and advance opportunities to further trade and business interests,” Mr Pickard said.

“Through the City’s relationship with Jinan and connections at Austrade, the Department of State Development and the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, meetings have been held involving accommodation and tourism operators, education providers, aged care providers, and technology and digital companies. These are areas of specific interest for Jinan and a number of possible projects have been identified by these industry groups that are being explored.”

The trip cost $27,000.