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Queanbeyan’s new sister city

By 2 May 2014 9

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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.

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9 Responses to Queanbeyan’s new sister city
#1
Angry_of_Devonport6:13 pm, 02 May 14

Well there’s a nice holiday for the councilors on the public purse!!

#2
Pork Hunt6:55 pm, 02 May 14

Angry_of_Devonport said :

Well there’s a nice holiday for the councilors on the public purse!!

Does or does not the article say that they are paying their own air fares?

#3
bundah7:12 pm, 02 May 14

Pork Hunt said :

Angry_of_Devonport said :

Well there’s a nice holiday for the councilors on the public purse!!

Does or does not the article say that they are paying their own air fares?

Yes the councillor’s are paying the airfares however the council are paying for their accommodation and presumably travelling allowance. No mention of how long they were staying in Ohrid.

#4
Angry_of_Devonport8:40 am, 03 May 14

Yes the article does say that they are paying their own airfare which will probably be written off at tax time as a business expense.
Who is going to pay for their entourage?

#5
Pork Hunt11:00 am, 03 May 14

Angry_of_Devonport said :

Yes the article does say that they are paying their own airfare which will probably be written off at tax time as a business expense.
Who is going to pay for their entourage?

What makes you think they will have their tax assessed differently than the rest of us? I certainly claim expenses incurred at tax time, don’t you?
Further, where in the article is the “entourage” mentioned.
Mountains out of molehills…

#6
damien haas11:27 am, 03 May 14

Arawa would make a good sister city

#7
Masquara1:09 pm, 03 May 14

Good call, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “When it was bad, it was Ohrid” …

#8
fabforty1:10 pm, 03 May 14

Can anyone please explain to me what the point of sister cities is ? Other than tax-payer subsidised travel for pollies, that is.

#9
watto2310:39 am, 08 May 14

Well Beijing are giving Canberra a chinese garden…. I think its also got a small tourism flowon effect and the relationships foster other opportunities.

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