FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Southern Downs Councillor Rod Kelly has put forward the proposal to join the program.
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Southern Downs Councillor Rod Kelly has put forward the proposal to join the program. Liana Turner

Council keen to be part of Nepal fellowship project

THE Southern Downs Regional Council hopes to get involved with a fellowship program which would see council professionals mentor their Nepalese counterparts.

Councillor Rod Kelly put forward the idea at the council's July meeting in Stanthorpe.

The project is run by Local Government Professionals Australia and will see 15 Nepalese fellows visit Australia annually for two weeks.

Seven professionals from Australian councils will visit Nepal for one week each year.

Cr Kelly said as he, mayor Tracy Dobie and council CEO David Keenan had all visited Nepal in the past, they believed the council would be a great fit for the program.

"I went to Nepal in September last year for two weeks,” Cr Kelly said.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity and I'm hopeful we'll be selected.”

Cr Kelly said he had been working with Nepalese nationals living on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane and he was keen to be further involved with the culture, while having the opportunity to share ideas with local government officials from Nepal.

He said Mr Keenan was submitting the council's expression of interest last week.

The fellowship program is a bid to assist with Nepal's decentralisation process.

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