Kaohsiung Delegation's Visit Australia / 高雄出航 台灣發光
◎English Translation by Sandra Ou ◎English Editor: Carol Toop
The acting Mayor of Kaohsiung city, Chu-Lan Yeh, led a delegation to Brisbane and Sydney in Australia, commencing August 2nd to August 9th. The delegation aimed to gain municipal perspectives, promote cultural exchange and solicit business and trade investment between the three cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Kaohsiung. The delegation, comprised of various Director-Generals, represented the Public Works Bureau, the Transportation Bureau, the Environmental Protection Bureau, the Marine Bureau and the Information Office.
Many may be aware that there is a Brisbane Park in Kaohsiung, and interestingly, there is also a Kaohsiung Park in Brisbane. While in Brisbane, the delegation was honored to be invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of "Kaohsiung Place" and "Kaohsiung Park", both of which were named after Kaohsiung in order to commemorate ever stronger sister city ties between these two cities. In addition, Koahsiung Place is located at South Bank, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in town.
Cultural appeal became the best approach in order to promote Kaohsiung during the delegation's visit; Kaohsiung City Government proudly introduced "Concerto the of Love River", with this view in mind. It were performed by the Kaohsiung City Chinese Orchestra, featuring the well-known pianist Ruei-Bing Chen in the Sydney Opera House. Their extraordinary performance received positive responses and impressed many by its excellence. Mayor Yeh said that these two cities communicated through music, without boundary. The performance of "Concerto of the Love River", vividly and lucidly the interpreted the Love River to friends in Sydney.
The main purpose of this visit was to hold "Kaohsiung Trade Seminar" in Brisbane. Brisbane Mayor, Mr. Campbell Newman, and many business investors, took part in this seminar. The delegation seized this opportunity to further elucidate Kaohsiung's investment potential in Brisbane. Acting Mayor Yeh pointed out that Kaohsiung is progressively carrying out many major infrastructures, such as the now regenerated the waterfront area, the construction of the Main Stadium for the Kaohsiung World Games 2009. Plus, the underground and light railway systems. She stated that Kaohsiung is keen to lure more foreign investment to the city. The Brisbane Mayor consented to visit Kaohsiung next year to celebrate to the 10th anniversary of the twinning of these two cites. He would also like to review the feasibility of possible future investment by their city in Kaohsiung.
The delegation from Kaohsiung when visiting Australia, gained valuable lessons by observing the Randwich City Recycle Center, the regenerated port construction between Sydney and Brisbane, the planning of Brisbane's airport and port, the Rapid Bus Transit System and the developments of the marine leisure industry. The city government regarded all these development as promising indications for the successful future development of Kaohsiung.