The draft Diplomatic Ties and Civic Relationships Policy has not progressed for consideration by Council due to COVID-19 and the impact this will have on the policy.
We hope to review the policy again and place it back out for community consultation in early 2022.
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At a meeting on Tuesday 24 September, Council resolved to place the draft Diplomatic Ties and Civic Relationships Policy on public exhibition for a minimum for 28 days. An amendment to the recommendation was carried to request information from the NSW State Government and the Local Government Association with regard to country councils requiring assistance.
The draft Diplomatic Ties and Civic Relationships Policy outlines the approach by Northern Beaches Council to civic relationships such as Sister Cities, Friendship Cities and cooperative agreements.
The draft policy seeks to ensure Northern Beaches Council forms civic relationships that are meaningful, beneficial and accountable to the Northern Beaches community and align with the outcomes and goals of the Community Strategic Plan.
Following the amalgamation of the three former councils, Northern Beaches Council agreed to honour 14 existing Sister City / Friendship agreements until a formal review process was undertaken. Of these, only the four tabled below are active and each of these agreements have varying levels of activity and engagement.
|City/Region||Status||Status Sumary||Former Council|
|Brewarrina, NSW||Active||Annual student exchange, financial support |
provided during rural NSW drought and offer of
|Gunnedah, NSW||Active||Financial support provided during rural NSW |
drought and offer of further assistance
|Odawarra, Japan||Active||Annual student exchange||Manly|
|Tadaoka, Japan||Active||Marathon runners – 2 residents sent to Senshu |
City Osaka annually
Council hosted reception held biannually