MEMBERS of the Malang Friendship Force with deputy mayor Barry Longland and Des Ireland.
MEMBERS of the Malang Friendship Force with deputy mayor Barry Longland and Des Ireland.

Friendship in full force

TEN Indonesian women are getting a taste of the real Australia thanks to the Tweed Valley Friendship Force.

The ladies, from the Malang Friendship Force, will this week be patting koalas and eating at barbecues to experience the local culture.

"All the women are being hosted by individual club members," exchange director Des Ireland said.

"They will learn about the culture with real families."

During their seven days here the women will visit the Natural Bridge, David Fleay Wildlife Park, Byron Bay, Brisbane and the villages of Uki and Stokers Siding.

Mr Ireland said the Friendship Force is an exchange network between international clubs.

"Our club has been on more than 20 trips overseas to various countries, including Russia, the United State, Canada and lots of Europe."

The Tweed Valley club has about 50 members

The Indonesian women also were hosted by a club in Mount Gambier, South Australia, last week.

The group was officially welcomed today at the Tweed Shire Council chambers by deputy mayor Barry Longland.

The Murwillumbah East Public School choir, led by Beth Brooks, also performed.



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