SISTER CITY: This is the 20- year-old Australian gumtree in the new park in Japan.
SISTER CITY: This is the 20- year-old Australian gumtree in the new park in Japan.

Lismore Park for Japanese city

LISMORE'S sister city, Yamato Takada, named one of its green areas as 'Lismore Park' this week.

Located in the Nara prefecture, in south eastern Japan, Yamato Takada named the park to celebrate the longest sister-city relationship between both countries, dating from 1963.

Colleen Virtue is the coordinator of the Sister City program in Lismore.

Mrs Virtue and her husband, Ric, landed in Japan last Saturday as part of the student exchange program completed between both cities every year. The students from Lismore this year are Charlotte Teague, Dominique Bryant and Eden Sainty.

They will assist with the ceremony to name the park, which features a 20-year-old Australian gumtree.

The group will stay at Lismore's Sister City, Yamato Takada, until Saturday, October 6.

They also visited the city of Hiroshima and had day trips to Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, plus a day at Universal Studios, Japan.

This is the 11th group taken to Japan by Colleen Virtue.

"It is always a pleasure to go there; we have lots of fun and enjoy showing the students why our Sister City arrangement is so special," she said.


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