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About the Sutherland Shire - Lakewood City Sister City Association 

The Sutherland Shire - Lakewood City Sister City Association is a Community run, volunteer non-profit under the umbrella of Sutherland Shire Council's Sister City relationship with Lakewood, Colorado, USA.


The Sutherland-Lakewood Sister City Committee creates exceptional people-to-people opportunities for local Shire students to experience and understand other cultures through international partnerships with Lakewood in Denver Colorado. The committee, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization formed over 40 years ago, and with the continued assistance & support of Sutherland Shire Council as official Patron, promotes international people-to-people relationships through a unique student exchange and adult visitation program.

Joining the Association

Membership of the Committee is open to anyone who has an interest in fostering international understandings and co-operation. We are always open to new members joining to help us continue with this rewarding venture. 

Our committee


Gaye Tie

  • 0438015962

  • Also handles applications

Exchange Coordinator

Ashlie O'Neill

  • 0421 466 090

  • Main contact for applications


Suzanne New


  • General Correspondance 

Council liaison: Community and Engagement on (02) 9710 0333

Other aspects of the program


Applying to go to USA

Information on how to go to USA

Becoming a host family

Apply to host the Lakewood City students

History of the exchange

Information about how the program started

Have questions? Contact us!

If you have questions about any of our exchanges, click on the program below of your choice.

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Our sponsors and partners

We are generously supported by many organisations that have helped made our exchange programs possible

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