LIVERPOOL councillor Gus Balloot requested to create a sister city relationship with the city of Hangzhou capital of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China.
‘‘State and federal governments have identified China as one of Australia’s key trading partners and MPs have travelled there to create links. Liverpool should do the same,’’ Cr Balloot said.
‘‘With an airport planned for this area, we will need five-star hotels, convention centres and venues for visitors.
‘‘We need to attract that investment now.
‘‘Some councillors think that we’ve only been elected to look after trees and parks, but that’s not how you grow a city. That’s not how you bring unemployment down.
‘‘I want to put Liverpool on the map.’’
Liverpool Champion reported that the council voted to allow Cr Balloot to take a translated version of the city’s promotional material with him when he attends the eighth APEC Small and Medium Enterprise Technology Conference at his own expense later this month.
Interview with Cr Gus Balloot: