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About our sister city exchanges

Sutherland Shire has two Sister City Agreements - one with Chuo City in Tokyo, Japan, and one with Lakewood in Denver, Colorado, USA.

In Sutherland, all Sister City agreements are supported by Community members. The Sister City responsibilities are split between Sutherland Shire Council and Community Volunteer Associations made up of members of the community.

Sutherland Shire Council is responsible for all contact at a Government level. The Community Associations are responsible for the day-to-day running, organisation and promotion of all other contact between the two communities. 

For an overview of sister cities in Australia, click the button below. 


Sutherland Shire - Chuo Sister City Student Program

The Sutherland Shire - Chuo City Sister City Student Program aims to reconnect students with their own community as well as fostering understanding and friendship between Sutherland Shire and our Sister City of Chuo-ku. It offers participants from Japan or Australia the opportunity to be part of the life and culture of the country they visit.

Sutherland Shire - Lakewood Sister City Student Program

This student exchange program provides a unique and reciprocal opportunity for high school students living in the Sutherland Shire and in the sister city of Lakewood, Colorado to live and study in each other's countries for six months in alternate periods. They will become ambassadors and represent their home communities.


Goals of our programs

Develop ongoing commitment to promoting student and cultural education

Form bridges of international understanding and goodwill

Create opportunities for all to experience and explore other cultures

Explore, implement and strengthen economic development and trade

Open a dialogue on issues from cultural, environmental, educational and beyond

Create partnerships which can creatively learn, work and solve problems together

Collaborating on organisations here and overseas that have similar goals

Help create life changing experiences that offers unique once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Have questions? Contact us!

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


Our sponsors and partners

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

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