Dunsborough local recognised by Emperor of Japan

Published on Wednesday, 8 November 2023 at 12:39:17 PM

Busselton and Sugito Sister Cities Association (BASSCA) President, Pauline Vukelic was recognised by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, for her outstanding work in enhancing inter-regional exchange between Japan and Australia through the promotion of sister-city exchange. 

The Government of Japan announced the conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, upon Ms Pauline Vukelic on 3 November 2023. The Government of Japan conferring decorations on 103 foreign nationals worldwide, four of which were Australian. 

These commendations are awarded annually to individuals or groups in recognition of exceptional and distinguished services in the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and their respective countries. 

Pauline Vukelic said “The recognition and conferment of this prestigious award is an immense honour.” 

“I’ve always wanted to be a bridge between Australia and Japan. My passion is and always has been to create opportunities to develop mutual understanding through cultural and educational exchange opportunities.” 

“I do need to acknowledge the many dedicated people with whom I have worked, who collectively promote mutual understanding between peoples of Japan and Australia.” 

As President of the Busselton-Sugito Sister City Association and former President of the former Bunbury-Setagaya Sister Cities Committee, Ms. Vukelic has played a vital role in laying the foundation for the strong and active sister city relationships that continues to this day. Her efforts have contributed greatly to the promotion of people-to-people exchanges and understanding between Australia and Japan. 

The Consulate-General of Japan and City of Busselton Mayor and Councillors offers their congratulations and sincere appreciation to Ms Vukelic for her exceptional achievements. Her many contributions over the last 30 years will continue to benefit the ties of both countries profoundly for many years to come. 

Other Australian Recipients were:

  • Jonathan O'Dea New South Wales, former speaker of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
  • Rosario Giuseppe Ciaravolo, former President of Australia Japan Society of Victoria
  • Richard Maxwell Burr, former Chief of Army, Australian Army, South Australia

Objectives outlined in this statement are aligned with the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2021 - 2031) Key Themes Opportunity: A vibrant City with diverse opportunities and a prosperous economy.

Photo for general use: Pauline Vukelic in Blue Happi.

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