Students learn about sister city
BANANA State School students, along with Banana Shire councillors and staff, were treated to a special presentation at Wednesday's monthly meeting.
Mayor John Hooper, with the assistance of Deputy Mayor Maureen Clancy, gave a 400-piece photographic slide show presentation of the duo's trip to Boulouparis, New Caledonia, in the southwest Pacific.
The trip was part of Banana Shire's sister city relationship with Boulouparis, which has been in place for the past 11 years.
“We actually ate flying fox over there,” Cr Hooper said. “Well, Maureen did.”
Cr Clancy's daughter Jolene joined the councillors on the trip.
“I took her with me because the Mayor forgets to talk to me at times,” Cr Clancy said.
The trio visited a beef/cattle station, a prawn farm, looked at nickel mine from a distance, an indigenous village, and a school.
Cr Hooper said the cattle farm mainly had French breeds, as New Caledonia is a part of the French Republic, but had imported some Brahmans from Australia.
“They reckon they didn't put weight on fast enough,” he said.
Cr Hooper said Boulouparis council has 19 councillors who meet four times a year and an executive that met more often. Their mayor is the chief executive officer.
He said representatives from Boulouparis were expected to visit Banana Shire in the next month or so.