|A working session during the visit of the Hanoi delegation (Source: Internet)
During a working session with the Ministry of Planning and Environment of New South Wales (NSW) led by chief planner Gary White on September 24, the official expressed thanks to the host for sharing planning experience, wishing that the two cities would conduct more exchanges in the near future.
White shared experience in building strategic vision for Sydney and NSW master plan, which takes into consideration factors such as population aging, transportation, housing for low-income earners, regional and detailed planning.
He said public transportation such as railway, subway, bus and elevated railway must ensure “30-minute” city standard, which means that travelling time from homes to schools or offices should be less than 30 minutes.
He also called for attention to collecting public opinions on planning and its management.
Later, the Vietnamese delegation learned about NSW’s experience in upholding values of historical and cultural vestiges in combination with tourism promotion, museum and park planning.
On September 24, the delegation held a working session with NSW Ministry of Education led by Executive Director of Education and Business Systems Chloe Read.
Read talked about the management of local public and private schools, teaching equipment, school policies and fees.
Both sides expressed wish to foster bilateral training cooperation, especially in vocational training and career orientation to students after high school graduation.
Visiting the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney and the Vietnamese Embassy in Canberra, Ngoc asked them to serve as a bridge connecting Hanoi with Australian localities in fields of urban planning and transportation, education and training, clean water supply, smart city development, preservation of historical and cultural vestiges, tourism, and cultural and sport events of international scale.
During its stay, the delegation also held a working session with the Vietnamese Entrepreneurs’ Association in Sydney. They pledged to serve as a bridge to call on Australian firms and organisations to invest in Vietnam and Hanoi in fields of strength such as farm produce, tourism, real estate, resort development and education.
Vice Secretary Ngoc expressed her belief that the association will make contributions to the development of Vietnamese community in Sydney via practical and effective activities.