Why weren't they given an invite?

MORE interstate and international visitors could have attended the official opening of the Gladstone Tondoon Gardens Japanese Gardens opening on July 11 if they had known about it.

Gladstone deputy mayor Gail Sellers said one of the men at the Sister Cities Australia National Conference in Yeppoon earlier this month told her more people would have gone from the conference had they known about it.

Cr Sellers said she thought invitations were sent to each conference attendee.

“But for some reason only 14 of those people found out about it and the others didn't actually get the invitation,” she said.

“So that was a little bit disappointing.

“During the time that we were at the conference, we were continually approached by people that attended the pre-tour down here in Gladstone for the opening of the Japanese Garden and they were very very complimentary.

“Brad Carter (Rockhampton mayor) spoke very highly of it as well in his opening speech.”

Cr Sellers said next year would be the 15th anniversary of the Gladstone Saiki Sister City relationship.

“I think we need to start now commencing some planning for that,” she said.

“Perhaps we need, at that time, to resign the agreement between the two (cities).”

In the original agreement between Gladstone and Saiki, both cities agreed to build gardens with the other city's country theme.

“They've had their's done for quite a while and it features a bronze casting of a kangaroo done by local sculpture Paul Adamson,” Cr Sellers said.

The theme of the Japanese Garden in Gladstone was Stillness in Movement.

Cr Sellers thanked gardens staff for creating the Japanese Garden to “perfection”, along with Chanel College students for the arts help at the official opening.

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