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Building our relationship with Changchun

News Article Date: 
Monday, 14 September 2015

Promoting opportunities in agriculture, education and tourism will be the focus of the delegation to the Chinese city of Changchun led by Warrnambool City Council (WCC).

The 14-strong delegation flies out from Melbourne today (September 14) for a six-day trip that includes meetings with local government counterparts, an animal husbandry centre, a primary school, university, dairy company and an abattoir.

WCC Chief Executive Officer Bruce Anson said the visit to Changchun would enhance the relationship between Warrnambool and its sister city and provided great opportunities for businesses to explore the potential for trade with China.

“We’ll have an opportunity to showcase Warrnambool as a visitor destination along with the economic strengths of our region in meat production, dairy, animal genetics and education,” Mr Anson said.

“To ensure our region continues to thrive economically and to help generate employment opportunities, Council has committed to assisting local businesses investigate the Chinese market. Changchun, which has a population of 7.5 million people, offers a potential avenue into a market with tremendous prospects.

“Our trip will also include a viewing of the bronze sculpture ‘Southern Ocean Goddess’ by Warrnambool artist David Higgins, which has been installed in the Changchun World Sculpture Park.”

Those attending the delegation include Mr Anson, WCC Manager Economic Development and Investment Andrew Paton, Changchun Trade Coordinator - Warrnambool Li Xichun, Cr Rob Askew, Cr Kylie Gaston, Principal Woodford Primary School Daniel Watson, Director Education Strategy Deakin University Alistair McCosh, Country Director – China Deakin International Jin Sun South West TAFE Chief Executive Officer Mark Fidge, Manager Business Development Camperdown Dairy International Brendan McKeegan, SED Advisory Manager Tim James, Lawsons Angus owner Don Lawson, Live Export Manager Total Livestock Genetics Michelle Williams and South West Farmers representative Michael Goldby.

Financial arrangements for the trip are outlined below:

  • Crs Askew and Gaston joined the delegation after responding to a call for expressions of interest. They are personally covering their costs.
  • Travel costs for Council staff and Mr Li will be covered by WCC.
  • Other members of the delegation are paying their own way.
  • Mayor Cr Michael Neoh withdrew this week from the delegation. Cr Neoh’s travel costs will be largely refunded and he will personally pay the difference resulting in no cost to Council.

 

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