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.
In September 1997, Mayor Gary Baildon signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Beihai. 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.
In May 2019, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Chengdu. 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.
In March 2001, Mayor Gary Baildon signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Dubai. Both cities share similarities in economic success, year-round sunshine and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
In October 1980, Mayor Keith Hunt signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Fort Lauderdale. Fort Lauderdale is the Gold Coast’s oldest sister city and share common interests in the marine industry and waterways management.
In July 1987, Mayor Dennis Pie signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Netanya. Netanya is located on the Israeli Mediterranean coastal plain and its 14 kilometres of beaches have made the city a popular tourism hotspot.
In May 1992, Mayor Lex Bell signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Noumea. Both cities are similar in regards to having a young population, diversified economy, stunning beaches and a strong tourism focus.
In October 1982, Mayor Keith Hunt signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Tainan. Tainan is an historical city with a high-tech economy and progressive green energy sector, yet preserves its significant cultural heritage.
In October 1982, Mayor Keith Hunt signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Taipei. 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.
In November 1995, Mayor Ray Stevens signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Takasu. Both cities maintain a number of meaningful and ongoing cultural and educational exchanges annually.
In November 2012, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Sister City Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and Zhuhai. 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.
In August 1990, Mayor Lex Bell signed a Friendship Agreement between the City of Gold Coast and the Kanagawa Prefecture. 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.
In October 2015, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Letter of Intent for Friendly Relationship between the City of Gold Coast and Wuhan. 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.
In October 2014, Mayor Tom Tate signed an Agreement of Friendship & Cooperation between the City of Gold Coast and Jining. 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.
In March 2019, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Letter of Intent to Establish a Sister City Relationship between the City of Gold Coast and Makassar. An important trading port, Makassar is the capital of the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi and is a multicultural city of people and religions.
In June 2020, Mayor Tom Tate signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Establish Friendship and Cooperation between the City of Gold Coast and Danang.
The relationship ensued following a Mayoral Trade Mission to Vietnam in 2019 that discovered both cities share similarities in innovation and technology, education and tourism. Danang is the City's first relationship in Vietnam.