Draft Policy set to develop international cultural, economic and educa

Published on 22 November 2019

A focus on developing international economic trade and innovation is key for Lake Macquarie City Council’s draft International Engagement Policy which will guide the decision making process in establishing and maintaining international relationships.

The draft Lake Macquarie City International Engagement Policy is now on exhibition and describes how Council will establish, manage and evaluate international opportunities that achieve long term economic and community benefits for the City.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said Council has been involved in a Sister City program since 1982 and for much of this time operated under the Sister City Administration Policy.

“This draft Policy proposes to build on from the Sister City methodology of reconciliation, civic, cultural and educational exchanges to relationships which have an  emphasis on economic development and trade, in particular new technology, global commerce and innovation,” Ms Hemsley said.

“The Policy focusses on achieving positive and tangible benefits for the City’s residents and businesses including, the fostering of export and investment opportunities and raising the profile of the City internationally as an attractive City and a great place to work, invest, visit, and live.

“These benefits will be achieved through relationships with Federal and State Government agencies, businesses, community organisations and residents.”

The draft International Engagement Policy is available by visiting shape.lakemac.com.au/international-engagement or your local library. Consultation on the draft Policy closes Thursday 19 December.