Sister cities and international relations
The City of Fremantle's international relations program, also known as Sister Cities, is a diverse program of exchanges and events with five sister cities and four friendship cities.
The City of Fremantle's international relations program objectives are to promote:
- international friendship, peace and goodwill
- economic, cultural, educational, recreational and other beneficial exchanges
- interaction between Fremantle and its Sister Cities
- an awareness and appreciation of the traditions, customs and culture of Fremantle and its Sister Cities
- tourism in Fremantle
- student exchange programs to Sister Cities for students who reside or attend school within the municipality.
We currently have Sister City relationships with:
- Serabang Perai, Malaysia (1978) – to encourage trade and tourism
- Yokosuka, Japan (1979) – to encourage trade and tourism and facilitate and participate in youth exchange programs
- Funchal, Portugal (1996) – to encourage trade and tourism
- Capo d'Orlando, Italy (1983) – to encourage cultural and historical links and exchanges. To maintain family associations which now exist, and to encourage trade and tourism
- Molfetta, Italy (1984) – to encourage trade and tourism.
Exchanges with the above Sister Cities have included:
- mayoral delegations
- student and teacher exchanges
- council officer exchanges
- business and trade delegations.
The City also has four friendship agreements with Suribaya (1996) and Padang (1996), Indonesia, Korcula, Croatia (1999) and Dalian, China (2011). An alternative to the formal Sister City arrangement, friendship agreements share greetings and exchanges for a particular purpose and for a specified amount of time.
Programs for 2015
Congratulations to John Curtin College of Arts students Tristan Bernet (middle) and Luke Dunne (right) who have been selected as Fremantle representatives for the City’s annual sister city exchange program with Yokosuka, Japan.
Tristan and Luke will fly off to Yokosuka on Saturday 11 July for two weeks to research the similarities between Fremantle and Yokosuka and discuss future potential sister city activities in their essays. They will return with two Yokosuka students who will stay at their households as part of the program.
The City also once again hosts two students from Yokosuka, Japan. Kanon Anbe and Toshihiro Murakami will join Tristan and Luke on their return flight to Australia and were hosted by the John Curtin students families. The Yokosuka students are picked through an intensive selection process at the Yokosuka International Association. They visited all of Fremantle’s famous tourist attractions and attended John Curtin College of the Arts for eight days during their 2 weeks in Fremantle.
The City of Fremantle held a Sister Cities Forum on 18 February 2014 at the Fremantle Art Centre. The forum focused on developing ideas for future activities and programs. In 2015 the city hopes to develop the ideas that were gathered into a program of events involving all of our Sister Cities.
Throughout 2012 and 2013 the City has unveiled a series of plaques at the sites of where an honorary tree was planted for our sister cities in 2011 and 2012.
Plaque unveiling ceremonies were:
- 18 July 2012, Serabang Perai Sister Cities Day to commemorate their Municipal Council Day at SEW Park
- 22 August 2012, Funchal Sister Cities Day to commemorate their City Status Day at Phillimore Gardens
- 21 October 2012, Capo D'Orlando Sister Cities Day to commemorate their Saint Day at the Fremantle Italian Club
- 8 February 2013, Molfetta Sister Cities Day commemorate their Saint Day at the Fremantle Italian Club
The City encourages anyone of decent from our sister cities to attend these events and to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.