Tree planting helps blossom friendship between Cowra and Japan

Isabella Lette (left) and Abby Bohanna with Middy Nakajima from IEC Oceania planting their trees on Thursday morning.
Isabella Lette (left) and Abby Bohanna with Middy Nakajima from IEC Oceania planting their trees on Thursday morning.

The longstanding friendship between the people of Cowra and Japan has been made stronger, thanks to a tree planting ceremony on Thursday morning.

Two local school students, Isabella Lette and Abby Bohanna, were joined by a tour group from IEC Oceania to plant the trees on Evans Street as a part of Sakura Avenue.

The girls' families, Cowra Council representatives and Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West were also on hand for the ceremony.

Cr West said the trees were a lasting reminder of the peace and friendship between the people of Cowra and Japan.

"Congratulations ladies on being part of Sakura Avenue," Cr West said.

"Part of this is about the relationship between Cowra and the people of Japan and that's why we have a tour group or an individual person and a Cowra school student so we have that link between people, not just big companies, not just tour groups but with people.

"I'm delighted to be able to welcome you to a very special part of Cowra and I know you'll take a great deal of pride but I also know you'll take care of these trees into the future."

Cr West also paid tribute to Middy Nakajima from IEC Oceania, who has been involved in a number of tree plantings.

"I do acknowledge the tremendous support you provide for our community," he said.

"There's a little milestone coming up in terms of 50 trees since you've been dealing with Council... I say welcome to Cowra again."