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The inaugural Australian IIPT

PRESS RELEASE                           20 April 2015

The inaugural Australian IIPT - International Institute for Peace through Tourism and SKAL International Peace Park, was commemorated on 18 April 2015 at Leura in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia.

His Excellency Mr Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey, and Mark Greenhill, Mayor Blue Mountains City Council dedicated the Lone Pine Peace Park which coincided with the “Great Gathering of Peace, Friendship and Understanding in Istanbul, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign WW1 and wishing for peace across all nations.” 

The joint initiative of IIPT and SKAL in collaboration with the Blue Mountains City Council and Central Blue Mountains Rotary saw the establishment of the Lone Pine Peace Park located within the Gordon Falls Reserve, Leura and part of the UNESCO Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Gail Parsonage President of IIPT Australia said that  the “Lone Pine Peace Park, becomes the first IIPT-SKAL Peace Park in Australia and joins the Global network of Peace Parks and Peace Villages which IIPT and SKAL International have initiated .” 

“We hope that more regions and towns with tourism interests will take up the invitation and be part of the program which encourages the Tourism Industry to create a “Culture of Peace” and for all travellers to be Peace Ambassadors.”

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