A TRIP in the name of friendship has been taken by a trio of Leeton shire residents.
Leeton shire organisation - Friends of Luro - had two of its members in Greg Brown, Eric Hudson and Rotary member Matt Rhodes head overseas to East Timor to build on the friendship the two communities have established.
Luro is a group of small isolated villages in the mountains of Timor Leste.
Leeton's Friends of Luro group has maintained a friendship with the community since 2004. Many projects have enhanced the friendship, including helping with several important pieces of infrastructure.
Currently, the Leeton group is focusing on providing scholarships for students.
"The friendship is very important to us," Mr Hudson said.
"Australia and its neighbour, Timor Leste, have history from World War II and (this is) tied in with Timor's recent independence.
"This tour (was) about enhancing our friendship and about checking on the scholarship program, making sure it is fit for purpose."
Australia and Timor Leste have recently agreed on a fair border between the two countries and that agreement allows Timor Leste a fairer share of the oil and gas reserves on the border.
As a result of the successful trip, Leeton's support for the Luro community has only grown stronger. Residents wanting to do their part should speak to Mr Hudson about joining Friends of Luro.
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