A sister city relationship between cities in different parts of the world or with different cultures.
Through formal ties between local governments, sister cities encourage the on-going exchange of people, ideas and resources in a variety of cultural, educational, sporting and economic activities. These activities are for the mutual benefit of the cities, communities and people involved.
Many cities, municipalities and shires in Australia have at least one sister city relationship with a city or town overseas, or within Australia, with many having multiple affiliations. Wyndham City are fortunate to have a sister city agreement with Chiryu, Japan since the year 2000, Costa Mesa, California since 1996 and in 2019 with Changzhou, China.
Wyndham City has fostered sister city relationships over the past 20 years and look forward to many more years to come. These global partnerships aim to provide a forum for cultural, economic and educational interchange between communities and to encourage global friendship, cultural awareness, goodwill and harmony. Wyndham City’s sister city relationships have been formalised by agreement and are on a Mayor to Mayor basis.
The City of Changzhou, China is a major city located within the Jiangsu province – Victoria’s Sister State. On Sunday the 19th May 2019 Wyndham City and the Changzhou Municipal People’s Government signed a formal Friendship City Agreement.
Situated in the south to the Yangtze River and at the shore of Tai Lake, Changzhou is halfway between Shanghai and Nanjing, and borders Suzhou and Wuxi to form the Su-Xi-Chang Metropolis Area with a population of approx 3.6 million.
Changzhou, like Wyndham, is undergoing rapid transformation, from a traditional focus on farming and manufacturing to a modern economy. Like Wyndham City, the Changzhou Government is committed to fast tracking the growth and prosperity of the municipality, in the areas of smart technology, education, green energy and waste to energy initiatives, biotechnology and engineering technology.
Both Wyndham City and the Municipal Government of Changzhou are committed to developing a strong and sustainable mutually beneficial sister city relationship.
For further details on Changzhou go to: http://www.changzhou.gov.cn/ns_class/english