Historic partnership

Article image - Historic partnership Mayors of City of Greater Geraldton and Linfen City shake hands on an historic partnership.

City of Greater Geraldton, Western Australia, has struck an historic partnership with Linfen City, China. 

Mayor Shane Van Styn and Mayor of Linfen City, Liu Yuqiang, signed a letter of intent between the People’s Government of Linfen City and City of Greater Geraldton, promoting cross border cooperation, and most importantly – it is part of the China Trade Mission.

Mayor Van Styn said it was an historic moment for Greater Geraldton’s future.

“This strategic partnership opens up a lot of big and exciting opportunities for the Midwest region as we move forward.

“We are already seeing promising opportunities born from our collaboration with China including the prospects in mining, successful education exchange programs, opportunities for freight trade as well as big breakthroughs in the China tourism market.

“The letter of intent we have signed with Linfen City solidifies their commitment to doing business with Geraldton and we know it means growth for our city and region.”

The letter of intent states a cooperative approach including collaboration in fields such as trade, tourism, mineral development and education.

One element includes a China-Australia website which would allow small business to access China exports and imports. 

Mayor Van Styn travelled to China to attend the Tourism Development Conference of Shanxi province as part of the China Trade Mission.

Midwest business, Illegal Tender Rum, is also part of the delegation.

General Manager, Hayley Wells, said it had been an incredible opportunity.

“To be able to showcase our multi-award winning products to key stakeholders in the industry throughout China is invaluable and we may not have had the ability to do that without this trade mission.”