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Sister Regions

The Whitsunday region signed a sister region with Yantai in October 2010, at a ceremony held in Yantai City.

A delegation visited Mackay in November 2012 and an additional signing event was held with the Mayors of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Regional Councils. A delegation from Yantai visited Mackay in August 2015 for a short visit where events included a welcome dinner at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre attended by the Deputy Premier of Queensland, Hon. Jackie Trad; industry and business leaders from the region and the Mayor of Yantai.

A Whitsunday delegation, led by the Chair of Whitsunday Regional Organisation of Councils (ROC) Cr Deirdre Comerford visited Yantai in September 2015 and a visit by students from Yantai is being planned for mid-2016. Ongoing discussions are currently underway to investigate trade opportunities between the regions.