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Media Release - 29 November 2010 - Fairfield City and the City of Palmi unite

Sister City Agreement officially signed on Friday 26 November
The bonds of friendship between Fairfield City and the City of Palmi, Italy were strengthened further last week with the official signing of a Sister City Agreement.
Representatives from the City of Palmi including the Mayor of Palmi, Ennio Gaudio and his wife Rita as well as members of Sydney’s Palmi Association and its president Tony Bagala visited Fairfield City Council for the official signing last Friday afternoon, 26 November.
Also present at the event was the State Member for Fairfield, The Hon Joe Tripodi, the Deputy Mayor of Fairfield City Anwar Khoshaba as well as Fairfield City Councillors Frank Carbone, Albert Mooshi, and Sam Yousif. Aboriginal elder, Uncle Greg also attended to deliver a special Welcome to Country.
The signing of the agreement sees the Italian City of Palmi become Fairfield City’s fourth official Sister City. Council has three other Sister City agreements with Hsinchu City in Taiwan, Reggio Di Calabria in Italy and Griffith City in regional New South Wales.
Palmi is Council’s eighth Sister City within the region Reggio Calabria, with agreements already formed with Locri, Plati, Riace, Siderno, San Lorenzo, San Giorgio Morgeto and Roccella Jonica.
The Mayor of Fairfield City, Nick Lalich said Council’s decision to form sister city agreements is initiated by community interest and requests to develop programs with a particular country or city.
“Council is excited to have officially formed a Sister City relationship with the City of Palmi,” says the Mayor. “The Italian community of Fairfield City and in particular, the Palmi Association, have expressed a very strong interest in forming a Sister City relationship with Italian cities.
“With more than 26,000 people of Italian heritage living in our City and our neighbouring suburb of Liverpool, Council is pleased to form a link between their home and an Italian City,” says the Mayor.
As part of our new Sister City relationship with Palmi, the two councils will work together to achieve the betterment of Fairfield City and Palmi, through the sharing of resources and the development of new initiatives.
“Our connection to Palmi is a great way for our Council to obtain a broader understanding of our local residents, which will in turn help Council better serve the needs of our community,” says the Mayor.
"The experience and knowledge they can offer to us when it comes to broadening is vital and we will certainly use their suggestions.
"The City of Palmi is a loyal friend and a strong partner for the future of our City and I look forward to working together for the betterment of our communities.”
To view photos and more information about the official signing go to Council’s website at www.fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au.
Media enquiries: Sia Anthopoulos, Communications Officer
9725 0854
Email: santhopoulos@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au