City of Swan hosts delegates from Padang City, Indonesia


Delegates from Padang City pictured in the Midland Town Hall with City of Swan officials.
Delegates from Padang City pictured in the Midland Town Hall with City of Swan officials.

DELEGATES from Padang City in Indonesia visited the City of Swan recently to learn more about economic development initiatives in local government.

The group was led by Vice-Mayor Emzalmi who was accompanied by education and economic development executives.

Padang City is the capital of the province of West Sumatra and is the fifth largest city in Sumatra.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said he was thrilled the City could share its knowledge and innovative initiatives.

The Padang delegates were particularly interested in the machinery and equipment used by the City to maintain street trees and parklands.

“We visited Woodbridge Riverside Park where they were able to see for themselves some of the techniques used for tree maintenance such as the use of a wood chipper,” Cr Wainwright said.

Other activities for the day included a tour around the Swan Valley to gain valuable insight into the investment into popular tourist attractions such as the Margaret River Chocolate Factory and Sandalford Wines.

It also highlighted the significant role local government played in attracting more tourists to the area.

Cr Wainwright said there was a strong focus on developing tourism in the “old city” of Padang, including the preservation of 73 historic buildings, which is why a trip to the City of Swan was identified as relevant.

He said he enjoyed hosting the international visitors and looked forward to other delegates visiting the City in the future.