An official ceremony was held on 15 September 2017 in Gunnedah to formalise a sister city relationship with the Yinzhou District of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province in China and Gunnedah Shire. A delegation of six travelled from China headed by Ms Lyu Hongqin, Deputy Director of the Standing Committee of Yinzhou District People’s Congress, who signed the Official Agreement.
Shenhua prides itself on developing local ties with the community and therefore were pleased to provide much needed support to the special occasion by the way of two translators for the delegation to assist in communication for the many varied functions held over the two days, and for the official signing ceremony.
Ms Lyu said during her speech, "China and Australia have a strong complementary relationship. The recent exchanges have seen more cooperation and we hope to further deepen this with Gunnedah in agriculture, animal husbandry and other fields, expand communication with Gunnedah's health and education to promote a win-win development and friendly relations between the two places to a new level."
Mayor Jamie Chaffey said, "This Sister City Relationship provides the potential for us to become more culturally aware, as well as connecting us to a highly developed, stable region. There is a lot we can learn from each other and this relationship will allow us to promote a wide range of economic, investment, trade, agricultural, tourism, educational, cultural and other activities of mutual benefit to our communities."
"This is a truly historic occasion for our community that will see many benefits well into the future".
Mayor Jamie Chaffey, Deputy
Mayor Gae Swain, Council representatives and Shenhua staff at the Sister City
Official signing, and planting of a Chinese Elm which will make the beginning of
a Chinese Garden in recognition of the historic event.
Mayor Jamie Chaffey during the Sister City Welcome Speech with Shenhua translator, Chen Chao.
Shenhua translator, Joel Zhao, translating for Yinzhou delegate, Lyu Hongqin during the Official Ceremony.