Dubbo and Minokamo to mark 30 years as sister cities with special visit

Dubbo residents have a chance to be part of a special delegation that will travel to Minokamo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a sister city relationship between the cities.

On 7 June, Dubbo and Minokamo will celebrate the milestone, which has seen the two cities become extremely close with regular visits from delegations and school groups.

Minokamo also presented Dubbo with the generous gift of the Shoyoen Japanese Gardens during the 13th year of the relationship.

In order to mark the celebrations this year, Minokamo Mayor Ito has extended an invitation to a Dubbo delegation, led by Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields, to visit Minokamo on the weekend of 19-20 October 2019 to celebrate the anniversary.

To help make the visit a success, Council has called for expressions of interest from Dubbo local government area residents to join the delegation.

“I have been part of delegations to Minokamo, including last year and can say how wonderful the visits are. I am already looking forward to this year’s trip and would encourage others to register their interest,” Councillor Shields said.

“The relationship between Minokamo and Dubbo is a very important one and I look forward to the next 30 years being just as good.”

The delegation will visit Minokamo during the Nakasendo Road Festival which is an Edo period re-enactment of the six princesses’ procession down the ancient Nakasendo trade route which runs through central Minokamo.

The procession includes an 80-strong entourage of samurai and servants all dressed in Edo period costume.

The Dubbo delegates will attend an official dinner and join organised tours and events hosted by Minokamo City and the Minokamo International Exchange Association during their visit.

As per Council policy, all delegates including the Mayor, CEO, Councillors, Council staff and residents will self-fund the visit and be responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Participation in this event will be capped to 20 people and will be selected from a panel of interested Councillors and staff.

Last Edited: 01 Mar 2019

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