International officials warmly welcomed to the Lachlan

L-R: Local business owner David Carter, Mr Pan, Lachlan Shire Mayor Des Manwaring and Mr Jung.  DG.By Dominic Geiger

Lachlan shire council has recently played host for two senior South Korean Government officials, Mr Pan and Mr Jung.

During the visit, the officials were given tours of the surrounding area including Lake Cargelligo and were treated to a number of celebratory dinners.

Mayor of the Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, said the visit to the shire came about due to the sister city relationship between Lachlan Shire and Penrith City Councils.

“The agreement with Penrith has allowed us to not only engage in local exchanges, but gives us access to international exchanges as well,” he said.

“It’s been a meet and greet visit which allows us to exchange contacts more than anything,” he said.

“Mr Pan and Mr Jung have been visiting different business people, councillors and they went to a sheep and pig farm.

“We had a bit of a drive around the lake and had a look at some of the facilities there.”

Mr Pan said he found the rural scenery of the Lachlan Shire very beautiful.

“In my country it is very densely populated and is very small,” he said.

“Condobolin and Lake Cargelligo have a very large area.

“When I came to Australia, I had two hopes; that I would see the [Penrith] Panthers play, and I would get to see gorgeous rural scenery.

“I saw the Panthers play some weeks ago and now, after having visited the Lachlan shire, I can say both of these hopes have come true.”

While in Australia, Mr Jung is researching Australian local government, its funding and devolution from the Federal government while Mr Pan is researching telecommunications policy and the National Broadband Network.

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