MP paid expenses

FURTHER to the Gazette‘s article in last week’s edition headlined ‘Sister city trip to Tokyo’, I wish clarify that as a long-standing community member I joined the City of Belmont’s delegation to visit Adachi in Japan and I paid my own expenses, not the ratepayers of Belmont.

I have been to Adachi twice before. In 2001, I went as a chaperone for the Cultural Education Exchange program and was hosted by a wonderful local family with whom I still keep in touch.

In 2009, I led the City’s delegation to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the sister-city relationship with Adachi.

The highlight of this visit, in my opinion, was the lovely farewell dinner hosted by Mayor Kondo.

I had met her in 2009 and it was great to catch up with her and my host family once more.

Glenys Godfrey MLA,

Member for Belmont