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Muroto Friendship Recognised In New Lincoln Mosaic

A new mosaic has been installed on the Port Lincoln foreshore, recognising the city’s relationship with Japanese city Muroto.

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This year is the 30th anniversary of the friendship agreement between the two cities, where a delegation of local students and residents visit the city in a cultural exchange.

The Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Committee says the mosaic is a permanent marker to celebrate the anniversary and to bring awareness to the exchange program, with a second mosaic installed in the Japanese city.

Secretary of the Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Committee, Shaun Thomas, says the project has been in the works for 18 months.

"We obviously had the 30th anniversary coming up and we were brainstorming ideas to try and celebrate it, and obviously with COVID restrictions it's made it impossible for us to physically be in each others city and do the regular exchange program," he said. 

Chair of the Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Committee, Rob Watson, says the association between the two cities has had a large impact on Port Lincoln.

"So many people have had that cultural exchange over there and lived in people's homes and so many Port Lincoln people have had the opportunity to host Japanese people in their home, and we realised there was nothing physical to commemorate that, and so the idea of the mosaic grew," he said. 

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