Positive future of Port Lincoln/Muroto exchange

The Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Group is excited for the future of the Port Lincoln/Muroto Friendship Agreement following recent commitments in Japan and at home.

The latest delegation of 10 students and five community members that left for the cultural exchange returned home on April 28.

Port Lincoln Muroto Friendship Group secretary and treasurer Chris Mantle said all participants enjoyed embracing the Japanese culture and its school system.

He said the adults also met with members of the Muroto Committee in Muroto who said despite a continued decline in local schools they were confident the exchanges would continue into the future.

Also expressing continued support for the agreement were Port Lincoln City Council who renewed the Memorandum of Understanding with the friendship group to June 30, 2023 with an annual budget allocation of $6000 towards the exchange, to be increased according to the Consumer Price Index.

"It does give us that confidence and continued support that we need to run this program," Mr Mantle said.

This year the delegation toured Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima before arriving in Muroto.

St Joseph's student Cooper Heron was one of the students involved in this year's exchange and he said the trip exceeded his expectations.

He said what stuck with him was the time staying with the host families and experiencing how they lived.

"I do plan to return in the next couple of years and plan to spend longer than two weeks," he said.

Fellow St Joseph's student Sophie Traeger also enjoyed her time in Muroto and found the Japanese people to be very friendly.

"At the end of the day we were all looking out for each other," she said.

An information night will take place this Thursday night at the Port Lincoln Council Chambers for prospective delegates and parents, beginning at 7pm.

Applicants are also being sought for 2020, information is available online at www.portlincolnmuroto.org.au.