ARARAT - Ararat Rural City Council has agreed to sign the Shanghai Fundlong Pty Ltd Memorandum of Understanding (Framework Agreement on International Family Cultural Exchange), but will review it in three years time.
In July Council gave 'in principle' support for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ararat Rural City and Family Culture Service Centre and Fundlong Pty Ltd of Shanghai China. Council has since met with representatives of Fundlong P/L, Yangyang Liu, the managing director, and her husband Tao Lin, with discussions centering on educational and cultural exchange, and Council's role in any MoU between the partners.
Council reported to the August meeting that the MoU would provide deep cultural benefits to Ararat Rural City in promoting cultural and educational exchange, and provide a basis for Ararat regional producers to connect with Chinese on-sellers.
The MoU hopes to promote cultural and educational links between Ararat Rural City and Fundlong P/L, which represents a group of families with an interest in promoting international friendship and cultural interchange.
Council's role in this would be to facilitate, and where possible co-ordinate, home stays and mutual visits, cultural exchanges, promote teacher exchanges, foster sister schools relationships, and provide a communication channel for Chinese and Australian schools.
This would continue the programs it currently undertakes with its Sister City and Friendship Cities in China.
Cr Gary Hull recommended that Council sign the MoU, but with an initial three year time limit on it.
"Then we can have a look and see how it is going and see what it's doing for our area," he said.