AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Sister City Community Committee

 

 

 

To be held on
Thursday 11 October 2018

AT 4:30pm

 

 

 

Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets,
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga

 

Phone: 1300 292 442
Fax: 02 6926 9199
Website: www.wagga.nsw.gov.au

 


Reports submitted to the Sister City Community Committee to be held on Thursday 11 October 2018.

Sister City Community Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Thursday 11 October 2018

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                              2

APOLOGIES

Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                          2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Reports from Staff

RP-1                     SISTER CITY SIGNAGE                                                                    3

RP-2                     SISTER CITY VISIT TO LEAVENWORTH – SEPTEMBER 1 to 5 2018        11


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              SISTER CITY COMMUNITY COMMITTEE - MINUTES - 21 JUNE 2018       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Sister City Community Committee Meeting held on 21 June 2018 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Sister City Community Committee Minutes - 21 June 2018

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DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Sister City Community Committee on Thursday 11 October 2018.                                           RP-1

 

Reports from Staff

RP-1               SISTER CITY SIGNAGE

Author:          Elizabeth Cox 

         

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee:

a       receive and note the report

b        endorse the concept designs for the Sister City signage to be erected at the Visitors Information Centre

 

Report

At the Sister City Meeting held on the 21 June 2018, it was recommended that Council proceed with the design and erection of three individual signs at the Visitors Information Centre.

 

The attached designs based off the original concept designs have been developed for the Committees review.

 

The signs have been designed based on best practice for readability, legibility and information hierarchy, as well as aiming to maintain a level of consistency between our signage layout.

 

The following feedback was received by Committee members:

 

·    Suggestion that the text should be much larger

·    What is the significance of the wood used at the bottom of the sign

·    Request for a map an outline of Asia (or Country) and each countries boarders to give perspective,

·    Request for no map of Country

·    Centre the flag at the bottom of the sign

·    Council and MWWQ Logo’s to be in colour

·    Should there be additional text around “distance from Wagga Wagga”

·    Additional text such as “Sister city with Wagga Wagga since 1962 ...suggestion for wording something like...Friendship established 1962, or Sister City Relationship Began/established/commenced” 

·    I really like this. Very dramatic initial impact while including further details and information.

·         Distance from Wagga to sister city in kilometres (preference over a map - as our visitors already know where their city is located)

·         Acknowledgement of the MWWQ on each sign

·         If the official crests are too difficult to obtain, a flag should suffice - we would just need to choose if we should use the country/city flag.

·         What does everyone think about the 2x photos on each sign? Would it be a city scape? Or a particular icon in each city?

·    The blurb needs to include the following information: the year the sister city relationship was established (brief history of how it occurred), some interesting facts about each sister city, etc. 

 

Financial Implications

Miss Wagga Wagga Quest have indicated that they will support the creation and installation of Sister City signage up to the value of $2,000.

 

Any additional funds required for further design work will be funded from the Sister City budget.

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Place and Identity

Objective: We have opportunities to connect with others

Outcome: We activate our community spaces to promote connectedness

 

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Mary Kidson Concept Design

 

2.

Sister City Concept Designs

 

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Sister City Community Committee on Thursday 11 October 2018.                                           RP-1

 


Report submitted to the Sister City Community Committee on Thursday 11 October 2018.                                           RP-1

 




Report submitted to the Sister City Community Committee on Thursday 11 October 2018.                                           RP-2

 

RP-2               SISTER CITY VISIT TO LEAVENWORTH – SEPTEMBER 1 to 5 2018

Author:Councillor Greg Conkey OAM

 

 

Recommendation

That the Committee receive and note the report.

 

Report

Jenny and I had the great pleasure of visiting our Sister City of Leavenworth from September 1 to September 5 this year. I was only the third Mayor to pay an official visit since Wagga Wagga and Leavenworth became Sister Cities in 1962.

 

The welcome we received was overwhelming and we were humbled by the generosity and hospitality received. A bonus was the fact that we were also able to spend four days with Miss Wagga Wagga, Zoe Martin, and Miss Community Princess, Maddie Smith, who were also visiting at the time and who are excellent ambassadors for our city.

 

Mayor Mark Preisenger met us at Kansas International Airport and after booking into our hotel took us back to his place to meet his wife, Joanne. Dinner followed at a local restaurant for the four of us where we discussed a whole range of local government issues. Whilst the two cities have much in common, both cities have universities, military bases, are surrounded by rich agricultural areas and are located on major rivers there are considerable differences. Leavenworth City Council runs its own police force and fire brigade and charges both sales tax and also a bed tax (for motels and hotels).

 

After church on Sunday the four of us were met by former Mayor, Nancy Bauder and her husband Greg (they both visited Wagga Wagga last October) who took us out to lunch followed by a tour of the Richard Allen Cultural Centre, an African American museum. The tour guide, William Wilson, was African American, and a surprise there was a KKK exhibition in one corner of a room. William pointed out that the KKK was a part of Leavenworth’s history, albeit not a proud part of their history. Kansas was also a free state and accommodated a large number of African Americans who were escaping from slavery. Our hosts at dinner that night were Tab and Maxine Hunter who have hosted a number of Miss Wagga Wagga’s and Miss Community Princesses over many years.

 

Most of Monday was a spent at a Renaissance Festival in a nearby town. This medieval festival runs every weekend from the beginning of September through until the middle of October. Our hosts were Terry and Lisa Weakley (Lisa is a former Mayor.) It’s a unique festival with many attractions including jousting displays and a wide variety of street theatre. Many visitors dress in period costume. That night we were the guests at a dinner organised by Ken and Bobbie Bower (Ken is a former Mayor and both have visited Wagga Wagga) for members of the Leavenworth Sister City Committee. They own a house built in 1859 by a cousin of Abraham Lincoln.

 

 

 

Tuesday included a visit to one of the city’s modern fire stations (they have three) followed by a tour of Fort Leavenworth and a special museum within the grounds of the Fort. Every general (past and present) within the US Army has trained at Fort Leavenworth. A highlight was meeting Colonel (retired) Roger Donlon, a recipient of the US Army’s highest bravery award, the Medal of Honour. The afternoon included a tour of the historic C.W. Parker Carousel Museum (C.W. Parker had a factory in Leavenworth building carousels and used Leavenworth as his base sending carousels and amusement rides to fairs and festivals throughout the US), as well as a tour of their modern police headquarters. At night we were the guests of honour at a Civic Function attended by about 50 Leavenworth residents. The guests included two Australian Army Officers currently serving at Fort Leavenworth.

 

Our final day was just as busy with a tour of the city’s industrial area (and a visit to one of the city’s largest employers, Cereal Ingredients), lunch at a Rotary meetings, a tour of one of the city’s historic mansions, and a visit to City Hall.

 

During the four days I urged all residents of Leavenworth to include a trip to Wagga Wagga if planning a trip to Australia. I also suggested it may be possible for a Wagga Wagga choir or band to visit sometime in the future which was very well received.

 

I would also urge members of Wagga Wagga’s Sister City Committee to also consider a visit to Leavenworth if they are planning a tour of the US.

 

 

Link to Strategic Plan

Community Place and Identity

Objective: We are proud of where we live and our identity

Outcome: We value our heritage

 

 

 

  

 

   



Reports submitted to the Sister City Community Committee to be held on Thursday 11 October 2018.