Festival earns award

THE first Japanese Festival of Children's Day ever held in Coffs Harbour has been recognised with a National Award by the Australian Sister Cities Association for beingan 'outstanding and imaginative' project.

"This award is the icing on the cake for a day that was a great success," said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades.

"The Festival was really well supported by the community so much so that plans were immediately put in place to make it an annual event," he said.

The Festival was held in May this year, with the help of the Coffs Harbour branch of the Australia-Japan Society and the Friends of the Botanic Garden, and attracted around 700 visitors to the Regional Botanic Garden.

The aim of the festival was to celebrate Coffs Harbour's special sister city relationship with the Japanese city of Sasebo.



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