Celebrating international sisterhood has earned Cairns Regional Council a national award at the 2014 Sister Cities Australia Conference.
The National Sister Cities Day community event hosted by Cairns Regional Council and its Sister Cities Advisory Committee was a joint winner of the Community Involvement Award.
To mark National Sister Cities Day on 5 July 2014, a free community event recognised Cairns' relationships with Minami and Oyama in Japan, Sidney in Canada, Scottsdale in the USA, Lae in Papua New Guinea, Riga in Latvia and Zhanjiang in China
Each of Cairns' seven Sister Cities was represented at the celebration through cultural performances and displays. The event, attended by hundreds of locals and tourists, aimed to create greater awareness about Cairns' Sister Cities and the benefits of international relationships.
Many community organisations and volunteers were involved in the day, including the Cairns Photographic Society, which provided high quality photos from the day for the awards submission. Special guests included representatives from Lae and Zhanjiang.
In addition to the community barbecue, memorabilia from each of the seven Sister Cities were displayed at the City Library.
At the Sister Cities Australia National Awards ceremony, special recognition was also given to the "Cairns Says Hello" short film project, which was developed as an invitation to residents of Cairns' Sister Cities to visit their tropical sibling.
The eight-minute film has been sent to each of Cairns' seven Sister Cities since it was officially launched and presented to the Mayor of Oyama during a delegation to Cairns last year.
The "Cairns Says Hello" video has also attracted nearly 11,000 views via Council's YouTube channel (CouncilCairns).