Sister cities' friendship flowers with maple tree
THE Japanese maple which now takes pride of place in the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden symbolises an important bond.
That's the sister city relationship we have with Sasebo, a friendship which is now into its 20th year.
Sasebo Mayor, Norio Tomonaga, planted the ceremonial tree yesterday morning, accompanied by his Coffs Harbour counterpart, Keith Rhoades, and more than 50 other members of the Sasebo delegation visiting our city.
The planting was in recognition of the tree planted in Sasebo by then Coffs Harbour mayor, Cr Bernie Malouf, to mark the official signing of the sister city agreement on June 6, 1988.
During their whistle-stop tour of our city, the party has been soaking up a warm welcome and brilliant weather. The highlight was yesterday's Coffs Cup meeting, as well as visits to Southern Cross University, Bishop Druitt College, and the Coffs Harbour Community Village.