April 25, 2014 — Houston Mayor Annise Parker departed for a visit to Perth, Australia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Houston-Perth Sister City relationship. She will be welcomed by Perth’s Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and various other political and business leaders.
“Perth has been named one of the world’s most livable cities, a significant achievement,” said Mayor Parker. “My visit will provide an opportunity to gain valuable insights from a city planning perspective. I want to hear about ways to improve the quality of life and sharing the lessons we’ve learned in Houston.”
This trip will celebrate three decades of significant contributions to the cultural, civic, economic and spiritual vitality of both cities as well as a time to look to the future with hope and anticipation for continued mutual participation.
The mayor will visit some of Perth’s iconic landmarks, including the renowned botanical garden at Kings Park. In addition, she will discuss Houston-based activities and initiatives introduced by her administration with officials from political, business, medical and academic backgrounds.
At a welcome reception on Monday, Mayor Parker formally presented images of Perth and Houston taken from the International Space Station. These are being provided courtesy of NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Like Houston, Perth has a rich frontier history and an economic interest in natural resources as well as a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Over the past 30 years, the two cities have worked to increase cultural understanding while encouraging international dialogue and citizen diplomacy.
Mayor Parker hopes to strengthen the existing partnership with Perth while also pursuing new opportunities in the areas of international trade and economic development.