On August 6, 2018, a reception was held at the Busselton City Council Chambers, for 11 junior high school students visiting from Busselton’s sister city, Sugito in Saitama Prefecture. The reception was attended by Busselton’s Mayor, Grant Henley, the President of the Busselton and Sugito Sister City Association (BASSCA), Pauline Vukelic, Libby Mettam MLA, Consul General Tatsuo Hirayama and approximately 70 others. The 11 students visiting from Sugito, made self-introductions and introduced their school life in Japan in English, and enjoyed meeting students from the local area.
Mayor Henley noted that this student exchange is now in its 25th year, with the sister city relationship spanning more than 20 years, and presented each member of the visiting students with a memento from the City of Busselton, while expressing his wish that they would learn and experience Australian culture.
Mayor Henley also spoke of the awarding of the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation to BASSCA last year, noting that it had drawn international recognition for the group. He proposed the signing of a memorandum between the City and BASSCA, which was signed by Mayor Henley and BASSCA President Vukelic in witness of Consul-General Hirayama.