Warrnambool City Council began its sister city ties with Miura in 1992 when the Warrnambool-Miura Friendship Committee was formed, now the Warrnambool Miura Sister City Association.
Miura is situated on the Miura Peninsula, 50 kms south of Tokyo with a population of 56,000. Miura is sustained by the fishing industries, particularly squid, tuna, abalone, cockles and fish processing. Rural produce includes radishes, melons, cabbages, pumpkins and mandarins.
Over the years members of the community have helped cultivate the relationship between the two coastal cities, both popular beach destinations for tourists in the summer season.
The two cities share a strong bond with residents from both cities enjoying cultural exchange through study or employment.
Councillors from Warrnambool and Miura have experienced the hospitality of each other as both cities have hosted visits between the two over the past decade.
Changchun City, China
Warrnambool City Council first explored the possibility of a sister city relationship with Changchun in 2010 with the signing of a sister city agreement taking place in August 2012.
Changchun City is situated at the heart of Songliao Plains in northeast China and is a city of around 7.5 million people with approximately 4 million of the people residing in the city and the balance in the farming areas that surround the City. The total area of Changchun is 20,571 square kilometers, including municipal areas of 2,583 square kilometers, and the municipal constructed area is 159 square kilometers. The city stands at the centre of the three northeast provinces, and at the crisscross point of the third east-westward "Europe-Asia Continental Bridge".
Changchun is a major manufacturing area which produces approximately 2 million motor vehicles per annum, 2,500 train carriages and is a large producer of farm equipment.
The two cities will carry out exchanges in various forms in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, culture, education, sports, health, personnel, etc. to promote common prosperity and development.