Home hosts sought

13 March 2018 - Media release

Campaspe Shire Council is on the call-out for locals to home host Japanese delegates visiting the region as part of an International Friendship tour.

Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the friendship between Campaspe Shire and Shiroi Shi (city) was established in 1998, with a biennial community exchange program in place.

Shiroi, located 35 kilometres east of Tokyo in the Chiba Prefecture, is approximately 35 square kilometres in size, and includes residential, forest and agricultural lands. The friendship was established following the very successful student exchange program that operates between Kyabram Secondary College and Shiroi senior schools.

“Both communities have benefited from the ongoing exchange programs, with hundreds of community members joining the council program, and hundreds of students joining the student program,” Cr Weston said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Campaspe families and individuals to open their homes to an international visitor and has proved a rewarding cultural experience for all involved.”

Home hosts only need to provide three days accommodation for their guest, with the group arriving Friday, 11 May. As part of the program, host families are invited to an official welcome.

“The Japanese delegates will have a busy program while here, visiting the region and experiencing what it has to offer,” the Mayor added.

“A highlight is always a visit to the Kyabram Fauna Park and getting up close with koalas and kangaroos.”

Families or individuals interested in finding out more about hosting a delegate from Shiroi in May are invited to contact Bobbi Aitken, 1300 666 535 to find out more.