Dubbo gifts bronze kangaroo sculpture to sister city Minokamo

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A delegation from Dubbo has presented the Japanese city of Minokamo with a bronze sculpture of kangaroos to mark the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship.

The family of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, represented by a male and a female with a joey, was crafted by local artist Brett Garling before being transported to Minokamo and installed at the city’s River Port Park.

Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields and Minokamo Mayor Seiichi Ito pulled the cover off the statue at a ceremony on Saturday. At the same time it was revealed Minokamo was naming a pathway through the park Dubbo Road.

Councillor Shields said there was a deep respect and friendship between the two cities.

“Minokamo have been very generous to Dubbo throughout the sister city partnership, providing us with the Shoyoen Gardens and sending someone from Japan every year to tend to it,” Clr Shields said.

“We wanted to do something special for our friends and they had been very clear about how much they loved our kangaroos. We felt this sculpture would be a great gift and it was very well received by Mayor Ito and the people of Minokamo.

“A plaque was also gifted by Dubbo, featuring Japanese and English descriptions of the work and marking the 30th anniversary.”

The two Mayors also signed a new declaration, vowing to further strengthen the sister city relationship through the areas of education and youth exchange, tourism and health and wellbeing into the future.

Minokamo and Dubbo formally became sister cities in 1989 and since then countless delegations, including school groups, have travelled between the cities.

The latest delegation, which also included Dubbo Regional Council CEO Michael McMahon and Councillors Greg Mohr and Dayne Gumley, also took part in the Onsai Festival, an annual celebration based on ancient traditions.

The Minokamo trip was self-funded by delegates.

Dubbo Regional Council will return the favour when it hosts a delegation from Minokamo led by Mayor Ito between November 20-24. A number of exciting events are planned for the visit.

Last Edited: 06 Nov 2019

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