City of Tea Tree Gully signs sister city agreement with Ukrainian town
Published on 24 May 2023
In a show of solidarity, the City of Tea Tree Gully this week signed a sister city agreement with Ukrainian town, Borodyanka.
The sister city agreement, the first between an Australian and Ukrainian city, aims to foster cultural exchange and mutual support. The agreement was formalised through an online video meeting.
Located near Kyiv, Borodyanka is a suburban town with a population of about 24,000 residents who continue to endure the devastating impact of war. The Russian onslaught has left a trail of destruction, resulting in the displacement of about 3,000 residents. Borodyanka is important to Ukraine as it on the freight and logistics route to Warsaw.
Our Mayor Marijka Ryan has a deep connection to the Ukrainian people. Having Ukranian-born parents, she is fluent in their language. Mayor Ryan stated that the agreement offers a promise of friendship and renewed hope to the community in Borodyanka.
"The agreement serves as a testament of our unwavering support. Through cultural exchange and mutual understanding, we can strengthen the bonds of friendship."
The partnership also seeks to promote cross-cultural understanding, strengthen ties between residents, and create a platform for shared experiences and support. It also provides opportunities for collaboration in education, technology and professional development.
During the video chat, the acting Mayor of Borodyanka, Georgiy Yerko, expressed his gratitude for the support from Tea Tree Gully.
Cr Jessica Hawkvelt, who brought the initiative to Council, emphasised the importance of standing with Borodyanka.
"Though our new friends may be across the world, in a modern digital world, there are many ways we can offer our friendship, support, strength and share knowledge between our two cities. I am excited to see what opportunities will come of our relationship with Borodyanka."
The City of Tea Tree Gully also has a sister city agreement with the City of Asakuchi in Japan. Learn more.
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