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11 February 2016
Ashburton District Council's Sister Cities programme received an immediate injection of $20,000 today at the Council's Finance and Business Support Committee.
Some of the additional funding will be used to further enhance Ashburton's sister city relationship with Puyang and close association with Xi'an. Both cities are sending delegations to Ashburton this year. Ashburton Mayor Angus McKay was part of a mid-Canterbury delegation that visited Puyang and Xi'an in late 2015.
The Puyang City delegation will be focused on business, education, agricultural machinery and animal husbandry, Mr McKay said. It is anticipated the Xi'an delegation will visit the district to mark the opening of the Fineboon Group's new factory in the Ashburton Business Estate.
Mr McKay said the Chinese delegates will be hoping to achieve some substantial results. "When we have visited Puyang and Xi'an we have been incredibly well treated and we need to reciprocate in a similar manner," he said.
The Finance and Business Support Committee also approved the addition of $15,000 for Sister Cities visits to the draft 2016/17 Annual Plan.
The Committee also agreed to support a proposal from Cr Don McLeod that the Council start preparing to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of Ashburton's sister city relationship with the Japanese city of Shiozawa.