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, a group year 10 high school 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.
Applications for the 2020/2021 program will open in January 2020.
Information Nights for the next program will be held at Council Chambers at 7pm on Tuesday 11 February 2020. Contact the Student Exchange Coordinator for details.
Website: Sutherland Shire - Lakewood City Sister City
Student Exchange Coordinator: Gaye Tie
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.
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