Liverpool Plains Shire and Blacktown City Council have had a Sister City Relationship since June 2005. This relationship encourages reciprocal exchanges in education, sports, cultural events, economic development as well as staff exchanges.
Blacktown holds an annual Lunar New Year celebration. This year it was held at the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens in Nurragingy Reserve. LPSC held a stall at the festivities promoting our region for local produce, tourism and as a destination for sea-change.
LPSC Mayor Councillor Andrew Hope presents Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali with a painting during the Lunar New Year Festival as a mark of the friendship relationship between the two communities.
As part of the Sister City Relationship contingents from Blacktown City visit the Shire on a regular basis. Late in 2016 a visit included representatives from Blacktown Council, Mt Druitt and Riverstone Men’s Shed, Mt Druitt and Blacktown Probus, the Woodworkers Club, Blacktown Community Garden Club, the Historical Society, Blacktown City Band, two Youth Ambassadors as well as two students visiting from Blacktown’s sister city in Korea plus Blacktown’s Showgirl Emily Kos.
Participating in the “Pou Ceremony” from left Councillors Virginia Black, Doug Hawkins and Ian Lobsey along with LPSC GM Ron Van Katwyk.