Sister cities
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021

Sunshine Coast Council recognises the long-standing and underlying concept of goodwill that underpins international relationships.

Council has one Sister City relationship and three Friendship City Agreements which foster business, cultural and educational exchanges for the Sunshine Coast community.

Expression of Interest: 2021 Xiamen International Photography Exhibition

We invite you to share this opportunity with your members and request that they submit their photographic entries for consideration.

The Sunshine Coast Council is delighted to participate in the 2021 Xiamen International Photography Exhibition, supporting our ongoing friendship city relationship with Xiamen Municipal People’s Government, China.

The 2021 Xiamen International Photography Exhibition will be held during the China International Fair for Investment &Trade (CIFIT) (both online and onsite) in September 2021.

This year's Photography Exhibition, themed “Solidarity Against COVID-19 - Towards Shared Development", is seeking to exhibit photographs which represent the optimistic attitude of and proactive efforts by Sunshine Coast citizens/businesses in reopening the economy;

Photographers are required to:

  • Submit 3-5 photos in the above-mentioned category and provide a description about the photo highlighting the topic.
  • Photos must be high-resolution (each photo should be no less than 3 MB, preferably in jpg or jpeg format).
  • Deadline for submission of photographs: 21 May 2021. (You will then be notified by 28 May if you have been successful in the selection process to exhibit your photographs).
  • Submit all entries via email to: intl.business@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

We do hope you can share this opportunity to highlight and demonstrate the Sunshine Coast’s ‘community of communities’ and the spirit of collaboration, determination and resurgence given the current climate.

For further details please contact nicki.duckworth@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au 

Sister City Agreement

Tatebayashi, Japan
Tatebayashi and Sunshine Coast Council (and the former Maroochy Shire Council) have had a Sister City Friendship agreement since 9 July 1996. The renewed Sister City Agreement between Sunshine Coast Council and Tatebayashi City was signed on 6 October 2017 for a further period of four years. In 2019 Council hosted an official delegation from Tatebayashi Ministry of Education during their visit to Palmwoods and Woombye schools, with whom they signed an MOU supporting student exchanges.

Mutual Friendship Agreement

March, Fenland District, England
March has had a Friendship City agreement with council (and the former Maroochy Shire Council) since 22 September 1997. Cr Mike Cornwell of Fenland District Council attended Nambour Museum’s Jim Hocking Remembrance Day on 19 July 2014. Mayor Mark Jamieson and Cr Cornwell unveiled a new Commemorative Tribute to Jim Hocking which is on permanent display at the Museum. Mayor Jamieson visited March in Cambridgeshire on 1 September 2017 for the signing of the renewed Friendship City Agreement for a further four years. On 6 October 2017, Cr Cornwell attended the launch of the 2nd edition of Dot Wittington’s book March Hero in Nambour.  
Xiamen, China
Xiamen has had a Friendship City agreement with Council (and the former Maroochy Shire Council) since 29 September 1999. The renewed Friendship City Agreement between Sunshine Coast Council and Xiamen was signed on 14 August 2018 for a further period of four years.  Xiamen No 2 High School has hosted the Sunshine Coast Youth Football team in Xiamen for the International Youth Football tournament in 2016, 2018. In August 2019 Sunshine Coast Football will host the Xiamen No 2 Football team on the Sunshine Coast.
Mont Dore, New Caledonia
Mont Dore has had a Friendship City agreement with Council (and the former Maroochy Shire Council) since 2006.