Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Sister Cities Unite

Mackay extended a warm welcome to a group of 15 students and two chaperones hailing from its sister city, Matsuura in Japan. The students embarked on an engaging cultural exchange program, immersing themselves in the vibrant spirit of the sugar city for a week-long visit.

During their stay, these young visitors had the opportunity to delve into the heart of the region, soaking in its diverse offerings and forging connections with local families who kindly hosted them.

A highlight of their journey was the official welcome extended by the Mackay Regional Council, which took place last week. The students were warmly greeted by the council's staff, as well as Mayor Greg Williamson and CEO Scott Owen.

Throughout their stay, the students explored various facets of the region, including iconic landmarks like 'Buffy' the giant cane toad in Sarina, the Sarina Sugar Shed, and the Sarina Youth Centre. The journey also encompassed visits to the Mackay Art Society Inc and Holy Spirit College Mackay, providing the students with a glimpse into the local art and educational landscape.

As the students bid farewell to their Mackay hosts, expressions of gratitude, or "Arigatou," reverberated through the air. The cultural exchange program served as a bridge between two communities, fostering understanding, appreciation, and lifelong memories.

Photo credit: Mackay Regional Council

Meanwhile In Matsuura…

This Australia-themed park is located in Matsuura City, Nagasaki Prefecture, to celebrate the sister city relationship with Mackay. Local children can learn all about Australia as they play on the kangaroo bouncer and platypus slippery-dip.

Photo source: Consulate-General of Japan, Brisbane

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