In 2017, on its first delegation mission to China, City of Casey engaged with Dujiangyan in its attempts to build a mutually beneficial partnership agreement. Discussions on that trip proved fruitful with confirmation of a Cooperative Economic Partnership Agreement to be signed between the two Cities during this delegation.
On Friday 13 April 2018, Deputy Mayor City of Casey, Cr Wayne Smith alongside Mr Li Guanghui, Executive Deputy Mayor of Dujiangyan City signed a ‘Memorandum of Establishing Friendly Partnership Cooperation’ between City of Casey and Dujiangyan City. The agreement seeks to work in partnership in the areas of business, culture, tourism and education whilst promoting each other’s Cities to enhance mutual development and prosperity.
The Hon. Richard Wynne MP, Minister for Planning in the Victorian State Government was present to witness the historic signing. Mr Wynne complimented the City of Casey in its success in establishing its first cooperative agreement with a Chinese City, and spoke of Council being one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria.
Located in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, Dujiangyan City, with its 1,208 km2 area and nearly 800,000 population, is renowned as the 'Land of Abundance'. It is a city that possesses both World Cultural Heritage and World Natural Heritage. Water, Mt. Qingcheng mountain, Taoism and pandas are their largest attractors, showcasing Dujiangyan City to the outside world.
Dujiangyan is named after its world-famous dam-free Dujiangyan Irrigation System, which was constructed in 256 B.C., making full use of natural resources to benefit human beings. As the only time-honored “ecological project” that exists nowadays, it still functions properly, turning floods into boons for people, thus achieving the harmony among people, land, and water.
Dujiangyan is blessed with famous mountains, Mt. Qingcheng in particular. Reputed for its greenness and tranquility all year round, Mt.Qingcheng is the cradle land for Taoism (the only native religion in China) and belongs to one of the four renowned Taoism mountains in China. It is a state-level grade 5A scenic area and a national tourist attraction, with its highest altitude reaching 2,434 m.
Dujiangyan is also the homeland to Giant Panda, the national treasure of China. Currently, there are two panda bases in Dujiangyan. One is Dujiangyan Field Research Center for Giant Pandas (Panda Valley), and the other one is Dujiangyan Base for China Giant Panda Protection Research Center (Panda Park). Currently there are about 50 pandas living in Dujiangyan.
Sporting and cultural visit has previously occurred between Casey and Dujiangyan. More reciprocal visits and school exchanges are in discussion. Communities will be provided the opportunity to learn, understand and experience more Chinese culture.