Over the next two days Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP will host a Parliamentary delegation from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States as part of the Australia’s Guest of Parliament program.
“I am excited to welcome the ASEAN Delegation to Bendigo, it’s great to have the MP’s in town and to showcase our diverse and thriving local economy.
“The ASEAN delegation is comprised of one parliamentarian from each member state which includes Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
“The delegation aims to strengthen relationships with ASEAN Member Parliaments and allow parliamentarians in our region to gain a positive insight and understanding of Australia and its political system.
“It’s also an opportunity to discuss the intersection between local, State and Federal Governments and the broader Central Victorian community in a number of key areas like education, emergency management, regional development and local industry.”
The two day visit will include meetings and site visits that allow for a better understanding of life in the Bendigo electorate from a trade, education and cultural perspective.
A tour of Bendigo Thales manufacturing facility is the first stop.
“Defence manufacturing in Bendigo certainly has a proud history and, we hope through this visit it will gain interest in our Bendigo built peace keeping vehicles”
“The delegation will also visit Camp Hill Primary School and meet with Principal Chris Barker and student leaders who will be able to speak about our education system.
“On Saturday they will gain insight into our world class Emergency Services by taking a tour of the Castlemaine SES and Maldon CFA units. Emergency management and preparedness is an issue every ASEAN nation faces.
“Delegations of this kind are crucial to build strong relationships and ties to our closest geographic neighbours.
“It’s more than just about trade performance and economic relations. Continuing to build close cultural and civic ties is just as important,” said Ms Chesters