Sister Cities aims to develop meaningful and long term links with cities and communities in other countries; to achieve a greater level of international understanding and goodwill between peoples; and to share economic, community, cultural and social interaction.
Sister Cities relationships
- Oyama - Japan
- Minami (formerly Hiwasa) Japan
- Riga - Latvia
- Sidney - British Columbia, Canada
- Lae - Papua New Guinea
- Scottsdale - USA
- Zhanjiang - China
Drawing and writing competition 2014: Sister Cities National Day
In celebration of Sister Cities National Day on 5 July 2014, Council's Sister Cities Advisory Committee presents the 2014 Drawing and Writing competition: "Sister Cities – Communities Coming Together".
Students of all ages are invited to celebrate Cairns' Sister Cities relationships through words and pictures and have the chance to pick up some great prizes.
Primary school students are invited to enter a drawing competition, with their submission to be based on the theme "Sister Cities – Communities Coming Together". Prizes will be awarded in two age groups: Prep to Year 4 and Years 5-7.
Secondary school students can enter an essay competition by penning a 300-word piece answering the question: "Which of the Sister Cities of Cairns would you choose to visit, why, and what would you bring back?" The essay competition will also be split into two age groups: Years 8-9; and Years 10-12.
Collect an entry form from local schools or download the entry form ( PDF, 1.23 MB ). Entries close on Friday 20 June. Send completed entries to Cairns Sister Cities Competition, PO Box 359, Cairns 4870, or submit to your school.
Delegations to Cairns
Cairns Regional Council welcomes delegates from around the world who wish to explore our region and the vast array of opportunities it presents.
Do you or your group seek to visit Cairns Regional Council for purposes relating to Sister City relationship, trade and investment, or technical knowledge sharing? Please complete and submit our online application form at least one (1) month prior to your visit to the Cairns region. We will assess your application and, if accepted, make appropriate arrangements.
Cairns Says Hello video
Cairns Says Hello is a short video presentation, commissioned by the Sister Cities Advisory Committee, showcasing the city of Cairns and our way of life. Read more about it or watch the video on YouTube.
Sister Cities photo gallery
You can view photos of our Sister Cities in the galleries below:
- Gallery: Oyama - Japan
- Gallery: Minami - Japan
- Gallery: Riga - Latvia
- Gallery: Sidney - British Columbia, Canada
- Gallery: Lae - New Guinea
- Gallery: Scottsdale - USA
- Gallery: Zhanjiang - China
Sister Cities Advisory Committee
Council's Sister Cities program is managed by the Sister Cities Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee provides recommendations to Council and contributes to the on-going development and maintenance of Council's Sister Cities relationships.