IT WAS the third time Glenelg Shire councillors had met with peers from their Chinese sister-city Zhangjiagang in as many years, but it was for many of the delegates, their first-time in Portland.
Quickly after entering the council building for the mayoral reception Wednesday night, vice director of committee, Gu Fang, the head-honcho, excitedly tells us he’s just seen a koala in a gum tree.
The ‘unofficial’ delegation visit, besides providing timely faunal displays for visitors and requisite gift-giving, is beneficial to both communities’ education and industry — not just its travelling representatives, according to councillors and delegates.
Joining the delegates on their whirlwind one-day tour were 10 students and a teacher from the city’s Liangfeng High School, whose visit will hopefully sow the seeds for long-standing relationships among students in the region, according to Zhangjiagang director of foreign affairs office Cao Yue Fei.
Read more in Friday’s edition of the Portland Observer.