Aussies watch new Chch plans closely

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 28/09/2012
Stephen Yarwood
KIRK HARGREAVES/Fairfax NZ
TAKE A LOOK: Stephen Yarwood, Adelaide Lord Mayor, takes a photo of River Rd during a tour of the residential red zone.

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The earthquakes have presented Christchurch with the opportunity to build a world-class city, Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood says.

Adelaide is one of Christchurch's sister cities, and this is the first time Yarwood has visited.

He was taken on a tour of the residential red zone yesterday that included River Rd and parts of New Brighton. "Out of heartbreak comes a great opportunity to build a world-class city," he said.

Yarwood and Adelaide City councillor Sandy Wilkinson met Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker and councillors at the civic offices.

"You have a beautiful city here," Yarwood said. "I'm really excited for the future of Christchurch.

"You have got a globally significant opportunity to demonstrate the best practice in the future of cities."

Wilkinson said the plan for Christchurch's rebuild was being followed closely by urban planning professionals in Australia. He said the city looked a lot more reparable than he had thought.

Yarwood will today visit the University of Canterbury, Christchurch International Airport and South Hornby School, which has a sister-school relationship with Hawthorndene Primary School in Adelaide.

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