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An image from the 25 year anniversary of the Hobart and Yaizu sister city partnership

Sister Cities and Friendship Cities

The City of Hobart has formal Sister City relationships with Yaizu - Japan, L'Aquila - Italy and Xi’an - China.  In addition, a commitment has been made to Fuzhou, China to investigate the potential of a formal relationship.  These relationships provide opportunities for the people of Hobart to make professional, economic, educational, cultural and personal links with people from around the world.

Community Committees that support the sister city relationships in Yaizu and L'Aquila have been established to develop projects that link our sister cities with Hobart and assist Council in the coordination of related activities.

If you wish to discuss the sister city relationship or you are interested in being involved in either the Yaizu or L'Aquila Committees please contact the Council's Community Development Officer, Multicultural on (03) 6238 2151. For information on Fuzhou and Xi’an contact the Economic Development Project Officer on 6238 2401.

An image of Yaizu and Hobart students marching with the Yaizu float in the Hobart Christmas Pageant

Yaizu, Japan (1977)

The Hobart-Yaizu Sister City relationship was formalised on 17 February 1977, making the agreement the 6th oldest Japan-Australia sister city relationship. The strength of the relationship between Hobart and Yaizu is people to people cultural and educational exchange.

The origins of the Hobart-Yaizu Sister City relationship began with the tuna fishing fleets that once harboured in Hobart during the 1960s and 1970s.  The fishermen were from the large tuna fleet based one and a half hours south of Tokyo, in Yaizu.  Because of regular and long visits from the fishermen, business and personal connections started to form between Hobart and Yaizu.

Yaizu on Wikipedia

Official Yaizu Website

Traditional italian dancing at Festa Italia

L’Aquila, Italy (1998)

Members of the local Hobart Abruzzese community initiated the development of the Hobart-L’Aquila Sister City relationship. The Hobart Abruzzese community is active with around 260 members across greater Hobart. A Memorandum of Understanding between Hobart and L’Aquila was signed on 27 October 1997.  This relationship was formalised following the Council’s endorsement in 1998.  The agreement aims to foster relationships in the areas of

  • Supporting programs of student exchanges for students doing language studies

  • Exchanges in the areas of music, theatre, painting and sculpture and traditional and contemporary theatre

  • Promotion of exchanges in the fields of technology

  • Promoting tourism and historic and anthropological work

L’Aquila is the capital city of the Abruzzo region located some 714 metres above sea level on the Aterno River. The Abruzzo region is located in south central Italy, bordered on the east by the Adriatic Sea and rising in the west into the Abruzzo mountains.

L'Aquila on Wikipedia

Antique statues from Xian

Xi’an, China (2015)

After 18 months of investigations into the potential of a formal relationship, The City of Hobart signed a Sister City / Friendship City agreement with Xi’an on March 29th 2015.  This was signed in Xi’an by Lord Mayor Alderman Sue Hickey and Mr Yue Huafeng, Senior Deputy Mayor of Xi’an, in the presence of the Honourable Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania.

Xi’an was the start of the Silk Road to Europe and the ancient capital of China, with a history dating back over 3000 years.  In present times, the city is perhaps most famous for the Terracotta Warriors, a vast collection of sculptures depicting the armies of the First Emperor of China.  These figures, dating from approximately the late third century BCE attracted 1 million foreign and 60 million domestic tourists in 2011 and have been described as the ‘8th Wonder of the World’.

The municipality of Xi’an is home to 8.5 million people (40 times the population of the Greater Hobart Region).  Despite this difference in size, a number of reciprocal opportunities for cultural and economic exchanges have been identified.  These are in the fields of science & technology, culture, sports, health, education, research and tourism.  The first exchanges currently being investigated are in the realms of school education and festivals.

Xi’an on Wikipedia

The letter of intent between Fuzhou and Hobart is signed in Hobart

Fuzhou, China (2015)

The City of Hobart has signed a ‘letter of intent’ with the city of Fuzhou.  This was signed in Hobart on April 15th 2015, by Lord Mayor Alderman Sue Hickey and Yang Yimin, Mayor of the Municipality of Fuzhou.  This letter is a preliminary step to establishing a formal Sister City / Friendship City agreement.  

The municipality of Fuzhou has a population of 7.2 million people and is seven times smaller than Tasmania geographically.  As a coastal city, it is a pivotal port providing access to Taiwan and the south east coast of China.  It is the capital city of the Fujian Province, which has enjoyed a sister state relationship with Tasmania for 34 years.  There are already strong links at state and city level, with Ming Jang College having sent in excess of 1200 students to Tasmania over the years.

The letter of intent has set out areas of potential cooperation in the fields of science & technology, culture, education, agriculture, forestry, aquaculture and tourism. 

Fuzhou on Wikipedia


 Map of sister cities


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