Student exchange program
Lakewood has been Sutherland Shire's American sister city since 1978. It is part of Denver Colorado, USA, and at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. A student exchange program operates between Sutherland Shire and Lakewood. The exchange program is managed by the Sutherland Shire - Lakewood Sister City Committee.
The first group of students went to Lakewood in 1979 and since then almost 300 Sutherland Shire students have been selected for participation in the exchange program.
Students visiting Lakewood
In July each year high school aged students from the Shire travel to Lakewood for a six month visit.
Students visiting the Shire
In January each year high school students from Lakewood travel to Australia for a six month visit.
Apply for the Lakewood exchange program
Applications for the 2017/2018 program are open between October 2016 and February 2017.
Information Nights will be held at Council Chambers Wednesday 12, October, Wednesday 23, November, and February (tbc). Contact the Student Exchange Coordinator for details.
Website: Sutherland Shire - Lakewood City Sister City
Student Exchange Coordinator: Lynda D,Ath-Weston
Mail: Lakewood Sister City Committee, PO Box 552, Sutherland NSW 1499
In 1978 Lakewood named a reserve Sutherland Shire Park and the road alongside as Sutherland Shire Boulevarde.
In 1983, Sutherland Shire Council opened Lakewood City Reserve, Bonnet Bay.
Gifts have been exchanged and are held in trust by each council. Sutherland Shire has received an American Bald Eagle portrayed in stained glass, a replica of a Remington sculpture called, Rattlesnake, and a painting named, Sister Cities.
Lakewood has received a crystal plate commemorating Australia's 1988 bicentenary and a sculpture of a wombat on a mallee tree root.
Lakewood donated A$1,432 for the Shire bushfire brigades after seeing film of the January 1994 bush fires in NSW on television.