The Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s sister city is Haining, in the Zhejiang Province of China.
Sister city agreement
The Shire and the City of Haining signed a sister city agreement in 2010. As part of an ongoing economic and cultural partnership, there have been a number of delegations between both countries.
A sister city relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries that promotes cultural and commercial ties.
The City of Haining is located on the south side of the Yangtze River Delta, approximately 125km south west of Shanghai. Well known for its leather industry, visitors also flock to Haining to see the spectacular tide in the Qiantang River.
Sister city relationship
The relationship with Haining presents new opportunities for tourism and trade access, including opportunities for trading premium wines and foods from the Shire. The relationship can be used to further promote educational opportunities.
Investment opportunities may arise in the form of joint ventures in major tourism developments planned for this region. Small businesses may also benefit directly or indirectly from the sister city relationship through the export and import of goods and services.
Sister city delegations
Delegations are an important exercise in strengthening the relationship between the two municipalities.
In 2012, a Margaret River Senior High School delegation signed a memorandum of understanding with the Principal Of Haining No 1 Middle School. The signing of a sister schools agreement is a significant cultural exchange opportunity for the sending and receiving of student delegations, which will benefit the students of our local high school.
Supporting tomorrow’s leaders to have a better understanding of Chinese culture and society is valuable to those individuals and the wider local community.