Chinese delegation coming to Bundy

THIS weekend's Chinese New Year celebration will be supported not only by performers and students from Bundaberg's sister city Nanning, but also by a high level delegation representing the Nanning Municipal People's Government.

Six officials from Nanning, led by Mr Liu Zongxiao, Vice Secretary-General of Nanning Municipal People's Government, arrived in Bundaberg today (Friday at 2.25pm) where they will meet with the Mayor and Council representatives.

Mayor Mal Forman said the delegation would attend Chinese New Year Celebrations and also be hosted on a tour of Bundaberg.

"There will be an official meeting with Council tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 9am."

Cr Forman said the meeting would provide an opportunity to reinforce the bonds of friendship that had been established during the 18 year sister city relationship.

"It will also provide an opportunity for Council to present Mr Liu with a replica of the award won by Council last year in the Australian Sister Cities Awards which named the Bundaberg and Nanning union as the Best Overall Sister City relationship nationally.

"I will highlight some of the advances that have been made regarding the relationship particularly in the areas of education, cultural experiences, tourism and aviation training."

Cr Forman said education exchanges were proving very popular and currently there are 22 students and three teachers from Guangxai University attending the Bundaberg Campus of CQU.

"Those students, as have students in past years, play a central role as MC's and by participating in various performances during Chinese New Year celebrations.

"Nanning's continued provision of performers for the Chinese New Year celebrations clearly demonstrates their commitment to the sister city program and their genuine affection for the Bundaberg region."

The Chinese delegation will depart the Bundaberg region on Sunday morning.