A City of Ballarat councillor and a council officer have been invited to take part in a conference in Japan.
The Intercultural City Summit will be held in Hamamatsu City, on the south coast of Japan's main island in October.
According to a council officer report, organisers have specifically requested the participation of the Mayor Samantha McIntosh to talk about Ballarat's role as an "intercultural" city.
The Courier understands, however, that Cr McIntosh will be unable to attend. Protocol would normally mean the invitation would be passed on to the deputy mayor Jim Rinaldi.
In 2016, The City of Ballarat Council became the first Australian city to join the Intercultural Cities Network, a Council of Europe initiative.
Organisers of the summit have requested that the council officer speak about various programs that have run in Ballarat, including the Multicultural Ambassador Program, Harmony Fest and the Intercultural Employment Pathways Program.
The invitation and travel plans are due to be discussed at an ordinary council meeting on Wednesday.
Council officers have recommended that both the councillor and council officer's travel and involvement be approved.
The conference is scheduled to take place from October 23 to 25. The travel would come at no extra cost to the Ballarat ratepayer. All expenses for both the councillor and the council officer, including plane tickets, transfers, meals and accommodation, would be covered by the organisers. Neville Ivey, the City of Ballarat's director of community development, said council was "proud and privileged to be invited."
There have been two overseas trips approved by council this year, including a journey by the Cr McIntosh and a council officer to Poland for the World Heritage cities congress in Krakow. Cr Rinaldi attended the NEXUS Jiangsu-Victoria Start Up Summit in Nanjing in China in May along with the council's innovation and organisational improvement director Cameron Cahill and local entrepreneur Julie O'Donohue.
Other issues on the agenda for Wednesday include a draft policy to minimise gambling harm, the city's domestic wastewater management plan for the next four years, and the adoption of the municipal emergency plan for the next four years.
Councillors will also be discussing whether to renew the City of Ballarat's membership on the Committee for Ballarat, an organisation it has belonged to since 2005. The council currently has executive membership at a cost of $21,900 a year. The officer recommendation is for council to continue its current arrangements.
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