Monday, June 24, 2024

Edward River signs agreement with Ukrainian city

Edward River Council has signed a Sister City Agreement with the Ukrainian city of Lozova during a ceremony held via video conference this week.

The new agreement was born after Edward River Council Mayor, Peta Betts and Deniliquin resident, Bill Hetherington, initially sought interest from Edward River residents,
industry groups and peak bodies to support Ukrainian refugees with job opportunities and
accommodation in May 2022.

Council says there was strong support from the community, particularly from the agricultural sector.

Mayor Betts met with Australia’s Ukraine Ambassador, Vasyl Myroshnychenko, to
discuss what support the Council could provide to the people of Ukraine and
explore opportunities for partnership.

After analysing economic, geographic and demographic profiles, a friendship agreement
between Edward River and Lozova City in Kharkiv Region, Ukraine was proposed, to
promote goodwill and friendly relations between both cities and countries.

“I’m delighted to sign this agreement today, establishing a relationship with the city and the people of Lozova,” said Mayor Betts.

“Our municipalities share much in common, including a focus on the agricultural and industrial sectors, and being important transport and trade
centres within our regions.”

Council says discussions between Mayor Betts, Edward River CEO, Phil Stone; Mayor of Lozova, Serhiy Zelensky and his Secretary, Yuriy Kushnir via video conference (pictured), assisted by a translator, have been friendly and respectful with all contributors outlining their willingness to establish a fruitful and productive inter-city relationship based on cultural exchange and potential economic benefit.

“Lozova is embarking on a journey toward reconstruction and revitalisation,” said Mayor Betts.

“Our cities, working together, can look forward to mutually positive benefits including cultural exchange, establishing economic relations and implementing joint projects.

“It’s a very exciting milestone and we look forward to moving forward together in a spirit of
friendship and camaraderie,” she said.

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