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 both Chiryu, Japan since the year 2000 and Costa Mesa, California since 1996.

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.

Chiryu, Japan

Wyndham City and the City of Chiryu in Japan signed a formal Sister City agreement in 2000 to promote cultural and educational exchange between the two cities.

Wyndham City is proud of the strong relationship it shares with Chiryu, and is dedicated to ensuring the bond will continue well into the future.

Chiryu is located on the island of Honshu, the largest of the three islands of Japan and is located in Aichi Prefecture which is close to the centre of Japan.  It is within Mikawa plain, 25 minutes train ride from nearby Nagoya City which is the closest of the major cities.

The city covers an area of 16.34sq kilometres and is the third smallest of all the cities in the prefecture (region).

For further details on Chiryu go to http://www.city.chiryu.aichi.jp.

Costa Mesa, California

The Costa Mesa, California USA - Wyndham, Victoria Australia Sister Cities Project is a non-profit, community benefit association dedicated to cultural enrichment to local students.  The program allows students to experience an education exchange with their Sister City.

The City of Costa Mesa boasts being one of Orange County's leading cultural and business centers. Located 37 miles southeast of Los Angeles, 88 miles north of San Diego and 475 miles south of San Francisco, Costa Mesa encompasses a total of 16 square miles with its southernmost border only 1 mile from the Pacific Ocean. The current population is approximately 103,823. It has evolved from a semi-rural farming community to a city with its local economy primarily based upon retail commercial business and light manufacturing of electronics, pharmaceuticals and plastics. A general law city, Costa Mesa has a council-manager form of government and staff of approximately 600 full-time employees.

For further information about Costa Mesta visit http://www.ci.costa-mesa.ca.us/.

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