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Old 04-28-2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Queanbeyan keen to establish sister-city relationship with Ohrid, Macedonia

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It's hoped sibling rivalry won't spoil a plan for Queanbeyan to adopt Ohrid, Macedonia, as its second sister city.

The move to establish a friendship agreement with the lakeside town in the Balkans has been a project of Queanbeyan City Councillor Velice Trajanoski, who is just one of the many Queanbeyan residents who migrated here from Ohrid.

“In Queanbeyan, first, second and third-generation Macedonians we are counting around 7000 people," he said.

“About 70 to 80 per cent are from that region if not from Ohrid itself.”
Queanbeyan has had a sister-city agreement with Minami Alps, Japan, for more than 20 years. Cr Trajanoski said this new agreement would symbolically reconnect the large Macedonian community in Queanbeyan with their homeland.

“There is not too many Japanese here so the sister city with Minami Alps is easy to run,” he said.

“But this is a little bit different. There are a lot more people involved.”
The two-term councillor said the proposed agreement would enrich ties for the Macedonian community, but provide a benefit to the community as a whole.

“The Macedonians here already know about their rich culture, but I think it will open eyes for the Italians, the Australians and all the other cultures in Queanbeyan,” he said.

In 2011, the council agreed in principle to the cultural partnership. It's planned that Cr Trajanoski will join Cr Overall on a trip to Europe for a formal signing of the agreement in July, pending sign-off from the council.

The proposal includes $1500 set aside to cover the two councillors' accommodation costs, but Cr Trajanoski said the money would be better spent on hosting guests in the future.

“If the rest of the council think that some sort of money should be paid that is fine, but I would be personally against it,” he said.

“I would be pushing to have a budget set up for when they come. I don't want to be embarrassed when people come here and it's important that we are a good host.”

The council will consider the proposed agreement at an extraordinary meeting on May 1.
I think having an old leather boot as a sister city to Queanbeyan is a good start for that God forsaken place. Then it should work itself up to the lofty heights of Ohrid.

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Old 05-08-2014, 01:53 AM   #2
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the councillors can create junkets for themselves.I have found that nothing is achieved if they lose contact over a period.Just a waste of time & money.THey just lose all contact eventually & forget about each other due to lack of interst.THe fervour is gone.
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