Established: 1983, under Mayor Kathy Whitmire
President: Jerald L. Broussard
About the Relationship:
The ties between Houston and Perth can initially be traced to the World War II Battle of Sunda Strait, where both the USS Houston and HMAS Perth attacked a superior force of Japanese ships in an attempt to stall their advance towards Australia. Both ships were lost along with many men, but their sacrifice allowed the American and Australian navies to halt the Japanese advance and helped forge the relationship that Houston and Perth have today. The bond between the two cities was further strengthened during John Glenn’s 1962 spaceflight, when the city of Perth turned on all their house and street lights allowing the astronaut to view the city from orbit. Perth repeated this friendship gesture in 1998 on John Glenn’s Space shuttle flight.
In the 1980s, when Houston sought to expand its global ties, Perth was an attractive partner for a Sister City partnership based in large part on these historical ties and the strong synergies between the two cities’ energy sectors. The association was formally created under Mayor Kathy Whitmire in 1983 and for its first fourteen years the HPSCA was a standalone organization. Since 1997 the Houston-Perth Sister Cities Association has served as a Committee of the Australian-American Chamber of Commerce, Houston.
In 2014, Houston-Perth Sister City Association is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its inception. This year-long celebration will include active involvement in:
· Mayoral visits in both Houston and Perth with Sister City delegates
· Education outreach with the University of Western Australia
For more information on our Sister City please visit The Sister Cities Website
A special video in celebration of The 30th Anniversary of The Houston- Perth Sister City Relationship