Goolwa host Cittaslow International Assembly

THUMBS UP: International delegates board the PS Oscar W for a cruise at Goolwa. Photos: Leon Mead.

THUMBS UP: International delegates board the PS Oscar W for a cruise at Goolwa. Photos: Leon Mead.

GOOLWA – Goolwa was showcased to international visitors last week for the 2017 Cittaslow International Assembly, which hosted more than 100 delegates from around the globe.

The assembly, the first held in the southern hemisphere and also the first in Australia, ran from May 9 to 12.

Countries represented included Italy, China, France, South Korea, Iceland, Finland and many more.

The International Assembly is an annual event that enables Cittaslow towns and cities from around the world to gather and report on progress of their individual projects that spread the Cittaslow philosophy.

Cittaslow is a movement that began in Italy in 1999 inspired by the philosophy of the Slow Food Movement.

Cittaslow recognises the importance of traditions, food, art, language, music and the contributions of indigenous people to towns in the member networks.

Aside from the formalities of the assembly, delegates took the opportunity to explore the attractions of Goolwa and surrounding parts of the Fleurieu, with many arriving early or staying in Goolwa for a time after the assembly to explore in the marvellous autumn weather.

STRIKING: Goolwa Primary School students show their lantern display at the opening ceremony at Centenary Hall.

STRIKING: Goolwa Primary School students show their lantern display at the opening ceremony at Centenary Hall.

The assembly started on Wednesday, May 10 with a traditional Ngarrindjeri smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by an official welcome by mayor Keith Parkes and Cittaslow International President Stefano Pisani.

That night South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le attended the mayoral reception at Signal Point.

In addition to the formalities, the assembly program featured plenty of time for delegates to become acquainted with the features of Goolwa and other Fleurieu towns.

WELCOME: South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le welcomes international Cittaslow delegates to Goolwa.

WELCOME: South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le welcomes international Cittaslow delegates to Goolwa.

Highlights included a trip on the Cockle Train, a ride on the Horse Drawn Tram to Granite Island, and a trip on The Big Duck.

The assembly, which was supported by the Alexandrina Council, Goolwa Lions, and Rotary International, involved a large number of volunteers from Cittaslow and the Goolwa community more broadly.

Cittaslow Goolwa President Margaret Gardner said the event was a success.

"Our visitors from around the world had the time of their lives,” Margaret said.

“Goolwa Primary School children and students from Victor Harbor High gave delegates an opportunity to see and hear how Cittaslow has been embraced on the Fleurieu.”

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