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Sister city relationships & international partnerships

City of Gold Coast’s sister city relationships and international partnerships are a source of economic growth, provide cultural, educational and professional opportunities and boost our international profile. These relationships assist to open our door to the world and create real outcomes for Gold Coast residents and businesses.

Traditionally, sister city relationships focused on cultural and education exchanges. It is now recognised that these relationships also have the ability to stimulate economic growth, increase tourism and assist in establishing reliable business contacts which can create long-term benefits to the local community and partners abroad.

They also enable communities to exchange ideas, gain an international perspective and increase their understanding of global issues.

The City currently has ten sister cities and one friendship agreement, all of which have helped shape the Gold Coast as a city of global significance by fostering successful business and cultural ties. This is through initiatives that include two-way trade missions, hosting inbound delegations and staff and student exchanges.

Beihai – Sister City

Beihai and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in September 1997 by Mayor Gary Baildon. Both are coastal, tourist cities and this has resulted in collaboration over the years in common areas of interest. Beihai was involved in inspiring the designs of the Harmony Paifang and Harvest Paifang, two entry gates in Gold Coast Chinatown.


Chengdu – Friendship city

Chengdu – Sister City

Chengdu and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in May 2019 by Mayor Tom Tate. Chengdu is known for its pandas and spicy Sichuan cuisine and is considered one of the most important economic, transportation and communication centres in West China. Chengdu was involved in inspiring the design of the Wealth Paifang, one of the entry gates in Gold Coast Chinatown.


Dubai – Sister City

Dubai and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in March 2001 by Mayor Gary Baildon. Both cities share similarities in economic success, year-round sunshine and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.


Fort Lauderdale – Sister City

Fort Lauderdale and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in October 1980 by Mayor Keith Hunt. Fort Lauderdale is the Gold Coast’s oldest sister city and share common interests in the marine industry and waterways management.


Netanya – Sister City

Netanya and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in July 1987 by Mayor Dennis Pie. Netanya is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastal plain and its 14 kilometres of beaches have made the city a popular tourism hotspot.


Noumea – Sister City

Noumea and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in May 1992 by Mayor Lex Bell. Both cities are similar in regards to having a young population, diversified economy, stunning beaches and a strong tourism focus.


Tainan – Sister City

Tainan and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in October 1982 by Mayor Keith Hunt. Tainan is an historical city with a high-tech economy and progressive green energy sector, yet preserves its significant cultural heritage.


Taipei – Sister City

Taipei and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in October 1982 by Mayor Keith Hunt. Both cities participate in annual active programs from educational opportunities to sporting exchanges. These projects provide long lasting benefits for Taipei and Gold Coast residents.


Takasu – Sister City

Takasu and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in November 1995 by Mayor Ray Stevens. Both cities maintain a number of meaningful and ongoing cultural and educational exchanges annually.


Zhuhai – Sister City

Zhuhai and the City of Gold Coast signed a Sister City Agreement in November 2012 by Mayor Tom Tate. Zhuhai is one of only five Special Economic Zones in China which enjoy special economic policies and investment incentives. Like the Gold Coast, Zhuhai is a coastal city and the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge has made Zhuhai the only city in China that is connected to Hong Kong and Macau by land.


Kanagawa Prefecture – Friendship Agreement

Kanagawa Prefecture and the City of Gold Coast signed a Friendship Agreement in August 1990 by Mayor Lex Bell. The agreement was initiated due to a similarity between the beaches and a significant interest in beach culture by the residents of both regions. The relationship focuses on lifeguard education and knowledge exchange.

 
Wuhan – Friendship city

Wuhan

Wuhan and the City of Gold Coast signed a Letter of Intent for a Friendly City Relationship in October 2015 by Mayor Tom Tate. Wuhan is known for its natural wonders and ancient Chinese history and is also recognised as the political, financial, cultural and educational centre of central China.


Jining - Frindship and cooperation

Jining

Jining and the City of Gold Coast signed an Agreement of Friendship & Cooperation in October 2014 by Mayor Tom Tate. Jining is a prefecture-level city situated in the southern part of the Shandong Province and an important birthplace of Chinese culture, including Confucius and Mencius. In 2014, Jining City donated a statue of Confucius to Gold Coast Chinatown.

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