The Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association is made up of local families who donate their time, effort and enthusiasm to ensure the continued success of the Sister City Agreement between Hobsons Bay and Anjo, Japan.

The Association, with the support of Hobsons Bay City Council, actively promotes the Sister City Relationship and is responsible for the organisation of many exciting events and activities.

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Exchange Applications are OPEN for STUDENTS for 2024 – Visit the Exchange page for more information


An annual Student Exchange Program for Hobsons Bay secondary students


Multimedia from delegations past and present

Writing Competition

A Japanese writing competition for Hobsons Bay secondary students

Meet our 2024 Delegates

Our newly selected delegates are looking forward to the 2024 Exchange. Say hello to Charlie Penfold, Joanne Tangbe, Annette Stephens (Chaperone), Phoebe Gowans and Valerie Huang. Applications for the 2025 Exchange are now OPEN.  Apply online via the "Exchange" tab.

Meet our 2023 Delegates

The Association is thrilled to announce the Student Exchange will resume this year. Meet our 2023 Delegates: (From left) Zac Garnsworthy, Indy Readsmith, Jacqueline Garnsworthy (Chaperone), Lily Decker and James Chrisanthou. Applications for the 2024 Student Exchange...

Vale John Whittington 20/11/1947 – 26/11/2022

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of one of the Association’s great leaders, John Whittington, “John San”, to his friends in Anjo, Japan. John was a long term Member, former President, Chaperone and Student Exchange Coordinator who developed and...

Looking forward to the 2023 student exchange

After a two year Covid-19 hiccup, the Association is thrilled to announce the 2023 student exchange will proceed as the borders in Australia and Japan have reopened. Applications for the student exchange are now OPEN. Interested students can apply on line...

News from Anjo, Huntington Beach and Denmark

Covid-19 may have put our exchange program on hold temporarily but our relationships with our sister cities have never been stronger.  Click on Sister City News to see what our sister cities have been up to.  Scroll down to see the English translation.  Happy reading!...

Hobsons Bay International Friendship Association

Sister Cities with the City of Anjo, Japan 安城市 – Since 1988

Contact Us

Email: hbifa_secretary@outlook.com
President - Joy Martin 0407 523 483

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