Sister City Program

Sister City relationships serve to promote friendship, cooperation and cultural exchange between communities.     


Sister City Relationships

 Manly enjoys Sister City relationships with the following cities:
  • ODAWARA – Manly Council’s FRIENDSHIP CITY in Japan
  • CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH - Manly Council's SISTER CITY in California, USA
  • YEONGDO-GU, BUSAN - Manly Council's FRIENDSHIP CITY in South Korea
  • GUNNEDAH – Manly Council’s FRIENDSHIP CITY, situated North West of Sydney in the Upper Namoi Valley NSW
  • TAITO-KU – Manly Council’s SISTER CITY in Japan 
  • OECUSSE, TIMOR LESTE - Manly Council's SISTER CITY in East Timor
  • JING’AN – Manly Council’s SISTER CITY in China
  • BATH, United Kingdom – historical connection/sister ‘twinning city’ relationship
   Main functions associated with the Program and Sister Cities Committee:           
  • ‘people to people’ contact, resulting in a better understanding between citizens of the world
  • fostering international understanding
  • the consideration of all matters relating to the establishment and maintenance of goodwill with Council’s existing Sister Cities.
  • the promotion of close interchanges involving the fields of education, culture, the arts, sports and commerce, resulting in the growth of understanding and cooperation between different nations by:
  • promoting community awareness of the existence and objectives of Sister City affiliations
  • fostering the exchange of information, literature and individuals between respective communities
  • acting as nucleus and co-ordinating body to establish an ongoing relationship program with Sister City affiliates

Sister Cities Committee

Manly Council's Sister Cities Committee is made up of two Councillors, Community Volunteers and Japanese language teachers representing local schools. Their function comprises the consideration of all matters relating to the maintenance of goodwill with Council's established Sister Cities. The Committee reports and recommends to Council. They meet every fourth Wednesday monthly.  

For more information on our Sister Cities program please contact Council’s Executive Assistant & Protocol Officer on (02) 9976 1438 or go to this link.

Odawara, Japan 

Manly and Odawara formed a Friendship City Relationship in 1990. This year, 2017 marks 27 years of friendship.
A reciprocal language and cultural Student Exchange Program is held annually with the Tokimeki International School in Odawara, Japan.
Up to 20 participating students, accompanied by two chaperones, get the opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and learn firsthand about Japanese culture. Download the application form here
Manly Mayor Jean Hay AM and Councillor Alan Le Surf with Mr Noriaki


City of Huntington Beach 

Representatives of Manly and the City of Huntington Beach, homes to two of the world’s greatest surfing beaches, signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalising a Sister City relationship on 16 February 2012. Huntington Beach hosts the annual week-long U.S. Open of Surfing and Beach Games, whereas Manly hosts the annual Australian Open of Surfing. Manly and Huntington Beach share similarities as far as some of their attractions are concerned which include active art centres, colourful shopping, restaurant districts and museums dedicated to surfing and the beach culture, which draw multitudes of tourists every year.The two great surfing communities have both been blessed by the presence of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku and trace much of their surfing culture back to his influence. A statue of Duke Kahanamoku stands on the Headland overlooking Freshwater Beach, part of Australia’s Manly-Freshwater National and World Surfing Reserve. 
Manly Council represented at 2014 City of Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade


Yeongdo-gu, Busan 

Yeongdo-gu Friendship Relationship was established on 29 May 2009. The agreement is based upon the shared desire to pursue friendly relations and promote cooperation and understanding.          



The Friendship Relationship with Gunnedah was established in 2005. Gunnedah is 478 kilometres North West of Sydney and as 'Koala Capital of the World' has one the largest and healthiest koala colonies in Australia. Bilateral exchanges between our communities would include education, environmental management, sport, literature and the arts. The Beach to Bush – Bush to Beach Program between Manly and Gunnedah sees students from both Manly and Gunnedah participating in a three day annual reciprocal student exchange.          


Taito Ku 

Manly and Taito Ku formed a Sister City relationship in 1982. Taito Ku is one of the 23 wards of Japan's capital city Tokyo. The idea to form a Sister City relationship between Manly and Taito Ku was proposed in 1980 by Japanese artist Masami Yamada on the occasion of his first exhibition held at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. The suggestion was quickly followed up by Taito Ku City officials who visited Manly in 1981. Visits of children, students, bands, choirs, orchestras, welfare groups and community groups between the two cities have all been part of the relationship.          


Oecusse, Timor Leste 

On Friday, 18 July 2008, the President of East Timor, His Excellency Dr Jose Ramos Horta visited Manly this to conclude a Friendship City Relationship between Manly and the East Timorese region of Oecusse, which is a unique region of East Timor surrounded by Indonesian controlled West Timor. Manly Council has identified several potential projects where assistance can be provided to the people of Oecusse. One of the suggested projects is to distribute solar powered radios so more people of Oecusse can receive important information from the community radio station.  The community radio station provides information on healthcare, farming practices and local government information. At the start of the project, only 7 percent of the population receives that information. Other projects include sponsoring reading competitions in the region's schools to encourage literacy or to provide advice and equipment in regards to road building. Manly Council also works to encourage the schools in the area to join up to the Timor Leste Sister Schools project whereby schools across Australia are linked with particular schools in Timor Leste (East Timor).          



Manly and Jing’an formed a Sister City relationship in 2000. A reciprocal student exchange program was established with students visiting Manly and Jing’an alternate years. Manly and Jing’an Shanghai China celebrated the 10th Anniversary of their Sister City Relationship in October 2010.          



Manly has longstanding historical links to Bath. Captain Arthur Phillip, who named ‘Manly’, was a resident of Bath and was the first colonial governor of New South Wales. Manly Council has hosted regular cricket matches with the Lansdown Cricket Club from Bath since 1988.