Uncertainty surrounds whether it will be Federation Council’s incoming mayor or deputy mayor who will accompany school students and chaperones from Corowa and Oaklands on a trip to Japan in October.
The former Corowa Shire Council established a cultural exchange program with its sister City in Japan, Miki City, 20 years ago.
There have been 13 exchanges over the past two decades, involving seven visits to Corowa and six to Japan.
For the 20 year anniversary, Miki City has organised a number of official and social celebrations including the official signing of a new agreement between Federation Council and Miki City, which has become necessary because of amalgamation.
The Federation Council mayor has been invited by Miki City to participate in the formal signing celebration.
During the visit to Japan, the mayor will be an official guest of Miki City and a member of the cultural exchange delegation.
Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden said at the June council meeting he was looking forward to seeing the exchange program continue.
However, because the visit is due to take place from October 1 to 14, it could provide some logistical challenges due to the timing of council elections in September.
A date has not been established for the election of the Federation Council mayor.
It is required to be undertaken within 14 days from proclamation.
Confirmation of the new mayor’s attendance will be required no later than September 29, which is two days prior to departure.
The recommendation was adopted that it would either be the mayor or deputy mayor who will accompany the delegation to Miki City to participate in the formal signing of a new Sister City agreement between Federation Council and Miki City.
It was also suggested that council fund the cost of travel expenses to Japan for the new mayor or deputy mayor if he or she is able to attend.
The hosts in Japan provide accommodation and most other costs.
The trip will involve seven students from Corowa High School and Oaklands Central School, as well as three chaperones.
Students and chaperones fund their own travel and insurance costs.