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Melbourne sister-city move

By Robert Muir

A sister-city for Federation Council with a Melbourne-based council has been requested to be investigated following a Notice of Motion at yesterday’s monthly June meeting.

“I believe Federation Council has come a long way since the merger (Corowa and Urana Shires in May 2016) but one thing we haven’t had enough time to do is to put more effort into tourism,” Deputy Mayor Shaun Whitechurch told fellow councillors.

“We have a lot to offer a Melbourne-based shire – throughout our whole Federation Council area – that people don’t get to see. There can be economic as well as tourism benefits for our shire.”

Cr Whitechurch cited examples of Urana, the Shearing of the Rams and the Federation story as just some of the many interesting subjects which can be learned by city people, especially the school students.

“We should encourage school groups to come up here regularly and our kids can go down to the city,” he said. “We have lakes and rivers, Melbourne has plenty, we both have museums and sports.

“The sister relationship can expose our entire Federation Council area and open up economic opportunities.”

The deputy mayor believes Melbourne, rather than Sydney, is better placed to attract tourism, business, employment and other opportunities die to its proximity.

At the time of the Free Press going to print, the topic was about to be discussed by council.