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Acting Kaohsiung mayor visits Australia

Acting Kaohsiung mayor visits Australia

Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Yeh Chu-lan (葉菊蘭) was scheduled to lead a delegation to Australia yesterday to solicit investment for the city.
The mayor hopes to gain investment in Kaohsiung's major construction projects, including bidders for a stadium for the 2009 World Games to be held in the southern port city.
Yeh's delegation visited the Australian Trade Commission earlier yesterday, where the commission's general manager Peter Obyrne made a brief presentation on Australia's infrastructure and high-tech projects.
In addition to discussing key Australian development projects such as airports, the high-speed railroad, telecommunications, petroleum, natural gas, sewage systems and housing, Obyrne also focused on Sydney's stadium, which seated some 110,000 during the 2000 Olympic Games.
Noting that Australia's railway entrepreneurs have participated in testing work on Taiwan's high-speed rail system, Obyrne said they were very familiar with Taiwan's high-speed rail and promised to visit Kaohsiung City from Taipei via the new network.
He said he was looking forward to a visit and was confident that the new high-speed rail would be a success that Taiwan could be proud of for many years.
Yeh expressed hope that Australia's architectural firms would be able to participate in the construction of a world-class stadium for Kaohsiung's 2009 World Games. But this was not the only project the mayor was soliciting help with. Yeh would like firms to help with several of the city's other major construction projects, including the subway, broadband services and wharf renovation.
Lin Chin-jung, director of the Kaohsiung city government's Bureau of Public Works, noted that some 80 percent of the electricity used in the main stadium for the 2009 World Games will be supplied by solar energy, and that the city government welcomes interested parties to bid for the construction project.


Updated : 2021-10-27 03:05 GMT+08:00