Delegation from sister city in China on two-day visit
A SIX-person delegation from Hervey Bay's sister city of Leshan in China is on a two-day visit to the region.
The first official stop on the tour was the Chinese gardens in Hervey Bay which was built as part of a cultural exchange between the two cities.
The delegation, headed by Leshan Vice Mayor Yuan Xiaosong, will unveil the final layout of the Australian garden to be built in Leshan.
"Construction of the Australian-inspired garden has started and should be completed in October," Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said.
As part of their visit, the delegation will tour parks, open space and walks.
"Our sister-city relationships are very important culturally and economically," Cr O'Connell said.
"China is developing as Australia's largest trading partner and tourism market so we need to do everything possible to develop and reinforce our sister city relationship.
"Besides tourism, the Fraser Coast has other attractions to offer especially in education services through the Wide Bay TAFE and USQ Fraser Coast Campus.
"There is a thirst for education in China and the Fraser Coast is ideally placed to cater for foreign students.
"So this is an opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer as well as learn more about our sister city."
The last Fraser Coast delegation to visit Leshan was in May, 2010, and explored economic development, business, tourism and educational opportunities.
That delegation consisted of representatives from the council, Wide Bay Water Corporation, Wide Bay TAFE and USQ.