Through the International Relations Program our communities have become richer, more culturally diverse and understanding. These programs are only possible if members of the community become involved and participate. This can be done in a number of ways:
Homestay Family - Become a homestay family and host a student during their stay. Share our culture, while learning about theirs. This can be done through your school if they have an international program or through the University of Southern Queensland by contacting the Homestay Coordinator, Open Access College on 4631 1794.
Cultural Events - Attend cultural events being held in the community such as the Languages and Cultures Festival, Harmony Day and other special events being held. Contact details can be found in the Community Information Directory www.mycommunitydirectory.com.au/Queensland/Toowoomba.
Cultural Groups - Become involved in one of the many cultural groups throughout the community such as the Toowoomba Japanese Group, the Korea - Australia Toowoomba Society or the Toowoomba International Multicultural Society.
Community Groups - There are many groups (sporting, choral, scouts, friendship/social etc) that visit our region who wish to interact with a similar group during their visit. Community groups have the opportunity to host sister city groups who are visiting the region. There is also the opportunity for these groups to undertake a reciprocal visit.
Toowoomba Regional Council has three Sister City relationships:
The purpose of these relationships is not only to enhance cultural exchange between the cities, but to also to promote and foster strong business opportunities.
As a result of these relationships, Toowoomba hosts several delegations throughout the year. By bringing school students, business people and international visitors to the city, our community is much richer for the experience.
To find out more about Toowoomba's Sister Cities and enhance your own cultural understanding, visit the websites of these cities:
Toowoomba Regional Council has a strong history of international partnerships through sister city connections. Over the years our sister city relationships have provided Toowoomba region with the opportunity to share each other's cultures, build friendships, learn from each other, opportunity for business development and provided the city with an economic benefit. It is through continuing to grow these relationships and the development of new ones that the people of the Toowoomba region will see our city grow.
The International Relations Strategy is Council's key strategic document to guide the development of international relationships that promote Toowoomba Regional Council as an internationally connected region, leveraging global networks to enhance urban, economic and social development.
This strategy delivers a vision for the Toowoomba region to be recognised as:
"A dynamic region whose communities embrace the benefits and opportunities enabled through participation in a diverse network of global partnerships."
The three symbolic elements on the Sister City symbol are indicative of Toowoomba’s three sister cities relationships:
Cherry Blossom (Japan) – National floral emblem of Japan
Silver Fern (New Zealand) - national floral emblem of New Zealand
Hibiscus Syriacus (Rose of Sharon) (Korea) – national floral emblem of Korea
This touch of traditional calligraphy demonstrates the cultural backgrounds of our three sister cities and reflects the diversity of cultures in Australia.
The basic circular shape of the symbol represents ‘union’ and ‘connection’ which is presented in a form of ink brush stroke.
The colours of blue and red are derived from our Sister Cities’ national flags. The purple being from the colour family between blue and red, cultivates the feel of harmony.