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South Australia’s relationship with Shandong strengthened with county mayors visit

11 December

South Australia’s relationship with Shandong strengthened with county mayors visit

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South Australia’s relationship with Shandong has been further strengthened through the third annual State Government-led county mayors training program, which concluded over the weekend.

This years’ theme, ‘planning and development of a low carbon eco-city’, saw 11 Shandong county mayors gain a greater understanding of urban planning and renewal, smart cities and environment protection, and how South Australian learnings in these areas can be applied in China.

The county mayors also heard from the South Australian Government’s Strategic Water Adviser Hon. Karlene Maywald about the State’s world-leading water management capability and collaborative approach to water across government, industry, research and training organisations.

Through the training program, county mayors also visited government organisations including the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure’s Traffic Control Centre, SAHMRI and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, and have experienced the famous Barossa Valley and Southern Fleurieu regions.

The county mayor’s training program is a key element of the Shandong-South Australia Friendly Cooperation Action Plan 2015-2018, which outlines the areas of cooperation in which the regions will work together, including government-to-government engagement.

For more information about the South Australian Government’s relationship with China, see the South Australia-China Engagement Strategy.