City wants to be our sister
BUNDABERG could get another sister city in China after an approach by the city of Danyang.
Deputy Mayor David Batt, who recently returned from leading a delegation to visit Bundaberg's sister city of Nanning, said the approach from Danyang was made through TAFE instructor Haiyi Wu.
"We thought before we went any further we should check with Nanning," Cr Batt said.
"I brought the matter up while we were there and they said there was no problem."
Cr Batt said Bundaberg Regional Council would conduct further investigations into the possibility of starting a relationship with Danyang and make contact with the city's authorities.
He said Bundaberg was starting to try to do a lot more with sister city ties.
"It used to be just about friendship," he said.
"Now we're trying to look at trade with them."
Cr Batt said while in Nanning he had a high-level meeting with their tourism authorities.
"We want them to tell people if they're going to Australia they should look at visiting Bundaberg," he said.
"They've got five million people in Nanning, you only need a few of them to visit Bundaberg."
Cr Batt said he was also speaking to local tourism authorities to encourage people who were going to China to visit Nanning.
He said Bundaberg had received two visits from trade delegations in the past few months.
The trade delegations had been keen to see companies in the aviation and harvesting industries.
"We're now trying to find Bundaberg businesses that are interested in exporting so we can give them contacts in China," he said.
"The most important thing when you're doing business in China is contacts."
Cr Batt said while in China the deputy governor of the province Guangdong, in which Nanning is situated, had asked to meet the Bundaberg delegation.
"He wants to come out and look at the agricultural and sugar industries," he said