Shoalhaven City Council played host to delegates from the Fuyang City Council of China earlier this week with the group taking the opportunity to tour a number of local businesses and organisations while in the area.
The tour followed a visit from Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash and Deputy Mayor, John Wells to Fuyang in October at which time both organisations entered into a Friendship City agreement.
This week’s visit to Council saw the delegates provided with an overview of the area’s culture, lifestyle and business expertise from Council’s Economic Development Manager, Greg Pullen.
The delegates then toured a Terara Dairy Farm, the Bomaderry Eight Mile Beef Processing Plant and the Nowra Anglican College where discussions were held about fostering a cultural exchange between the school students and the Fuyang region.
Mayor, Joanna Gash said she was extremely excited to see the continuing formation of a mutually beneficial relationship between the Fuyang City Council and Shoalhaven City.
The Mayor said the delegates showed a strong interest in the development of tourism opportunities for both organisations and exploring aged care facilities.
The Mayor said the delegates also showed particular interest in education and potential investment opportunities.
“I was extremely honoured to host Mr Qi Long and the delegation from the Fuyang Province, China earlier this week,” said Clr Gash.
“Both Shoalhaven City and Fuyang City Council share a developing bond that culminated in the recent signing of the Friendship City agreement between the two organisations.
“The delegation was extremely impressed by our local farming industry with the touring party having many questions regarding our farming practices, the quality of our land and the quantity of milk produced.”
“Of particular interest to the delegation was the possibility of setting up a formal cultural exchange with the students at the Nowra Anglican College through video conferencing and emails.”
“The delegates also discussed the possibility of developing a mandarin language tuition program in local schools.”
“After discussing potential business opportunities, the delegation made it very clear that they would welcome and assist with any local Shoalhaven business looking to open up in China.”