Queanbeyan could soon have a new sister city in the form of the lakeside Macedonian town of Ohrid, according to an article in the Queanbeyan Age.
Mayor Tim Overall and local Councillor Vic Trajanoski will travel to Ohrid in July on behalf of Queanbyan City Council to sign a ‘Friendship Agreement’ with Ohrid’s mayor, Nikola Bakraceski.
Major Overall and Councillor Trajanoski will cover the cost of their own airfares to attend the official signing, with Council set to pay their accommodation costs.
A Council spokesperson said Macedonians were the third largest ethnic group in Queanbeyan, with over 500 people living in Queanbeyan born in Macedonia.
Mayor Overall originally proposed a sister city agreement with the city of Ohrid in 2009 during the Ilinden Day celebrations at Queanbeyan’s Macedonian Hall.
Queanbeyan has had a long standing association with Minami Alps in Japan for over 20 years, making Ohrid its second sister city.