In 1978 a group of like-minded people became aware that in the United States of America sister cities across that nation came together annually to discuss matters of mutual interest and benefit. Research disclosed that there appeared to be twenty-six sister city affiliations throughout Australia, but there was no interchange between them. They proposed to bring these cities together. The Newcastle Sister City Committee agreed and hosted the first Sister City Convention in September 1979.
It was decided at this convention that the Sister City conventions should continue on a regular basis.The objective of ASCA is to provide an umbrella of support and to promote these affiliations. ASCA also aims to provide a forum for cultural, economic and educational interchange between communities and to encourage friendship, co-operation and understanding to improve peaceful coexistence worldwide.
Frankston has been an active member of ASCA for many years and in recognition of our achievements we have been successful on a number of occasions in winning trophies at their Annual Awards:
Frankston City carried off a major national award at the annual Australian Sister Cities Association (ASCA) Conference held in Darwin this month. It won Best Overall Program for its relationship with the Japanese city of Susono.
This is the sixth time the Association has won this particular Award, which is presented to the member who has best demonstrated continuity of activity, citizen and community involvement at all levels, and imagination in a wide range of projects and activities in building a relationship with its sister city.
The 2007 award was presented at the ASCA Conference held in Darwin during October.For more information about ASCA visit their Web site at http://www.asca.asn.au/index.html