Copeland has traveled to all three of the European cities through his job as a professor at Wittenberg University, but has never traveled to Australia. It’s more difficult for Springfield residents to travel there due to costs, Copeland said.
The city doesn’t have the resources to send citizens back and forth, he said. Springfield no longer has an ongoing sister city committee, Copeland added.
“It’s been hard to sustain,” he said.
A group of five local students involved in Project Jericho traveled to Pitesti in 2013 as part of an arts exchange. The money for the trip was raised through several local fund-raisers. The exchange also saw several Romanian students travel to Springfield.
Springfield and Casey used to exchanges athletes as part of the Edwin Flack and Connolly Games, but due to economic struggles, the cities began a photo exchange in 2010.
Springfield and Casey could work together to find host families in each location to help reduce costs, Morland said. The cities could also establish a committee to help travelers find the best prices for airfare, he added.
The sister city relationship should be a cultural one between both cities, showing aspects of life from each community, Morland said.
“As mayor of the third biggest city in Australia, we will make every effort to retain our sister city relationship with Springfield,” Morland wrote. “However, it will have to be a relationship from both cities.”