Toowoomba City Council has three sister city relationships - Takatsuki, Japan; Paju, South Korea; and Wanganui, New Zealand. These relationships have been established to enhance cultural exchange as well as promote business opportunities.
As a result of these relationships, Toowoomba hosts several delegations throughout the year. By bringing school students, business people and international visitors to the city, our community is much richer for the experience.
As part of our relationship with Takatsuki, each year Toowoomba selects six young graduates eager for the opportunity to live and work as Assistant English Teachers in our Japanese Sister City.
Wanganui, also spelled Whanganui, is an urban area and district on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is part of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. The friendship with the two cities was signed in 1981.
Takatsuki (高槻市 Takatsuki-shi) is a city located in Osaka, Japan.
As of 2010, the city has an estimated population of 353,881 and the density of 3,360 persons per km². The total area is 105.31 km².
The city was founded on January 1, 1943 and is located almost directly between Kyoto and Osaka. Due to the convenience of being 13–15 minutes away from Kyoto and Osaka by train respectively, the city has developed exponentially during the last 20 years. It is a commuter town, with people commuting to both Kyoto and Osaka. It has been a sister city with Toowoomba Council since 1991.
Paju is a city in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Paju was made a city in 1997; it had previously been a county (gun).
The city is located just south of Panmunjeom on the 38th parallel. To defend the Korean capital, Seoul, many US and Korean army bases are set up in the city. In 2002, the northernmost Korean railway station, Dorasan, was opened. North Korean territory and Kaesong City can be seen from Mount Dora in the city. This city also includes such landmarks like the DMZ, the Jayuro Road of Freedom, the Tongilro Road of Unification or National Road No. 1. It is the city where the movie was taken by its name, starring by Lee Sun Gyun and Seo Woo. Paju has been a sister city with Toowoomba Council since 2002.