In Our Opinion: Call your sister

The similarities are startling between Gladstone, Australia and Prince Rupert

The similarities are startling between Gladstone, Australia and Prince Rupert.

As noted in the story by Northern View reporter Shannon Lough, from commercial fisheries to coal export to cruise ship hopes and Indigenous Peoples culture, the small city on the northeast coast of Australia is strikingly similar to Rupert.

A sister city designation wouldn’t be that much of a stretch of the imagination … maybe older sister in some ways. They have three active LNG operations and have gone through the bubble.

There is much Prince Rupert can learn from the city down under and, as far as Gladstone’s diversification project to attract cruise ships is concerned, there might be some things Gladstone could learn from Rupert.

However, what struck us as odd, given these similarities is the fact that Prince Rupert council has yet to reach out to their counterparts in Gladstone.

Given all the years of LNG whispers, the fact that the City of Prince Rupert is not on top of this similarity and in contact with them is, to say the least, worrisome.