Yeoval top of international visitors' wish list

Forget the Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Uluru or Bondi beach. When it came to Australian destinations, Yeoval was top of the list for a group of international tourists earlier this month.
And you can understand why when the visitors hailed from Yeovil in England.
In Australia as part of a friendship exchange through Rotary International, the group was hosted by Rotarians from the Orange region.
They couldn’t resist the opportunity to experience the Australian Yeoval and the hospitality of a few locals, including Beryl Blatch and Heather Johnson.
While their charming English home town in Somerset county is steeped in history, the visitors couldn’t help but be impressed with the history of Yeoval and its most famous son Banjo Paterson when they visited the More Than a Poet Museum.
After receiving a guided tour from Sharon Cantrell, the English tourists enjoyed morning tea at the museum before being officially welcomed to the Yeoval by Cabonne Mayor Ian Gosper.
Cr Gosper said it was fitting that one of the group’s hosts was former Cabonne Council General Manager Graeme Fleming, who was instrumental in establishing a sister city relationship with Yeovil in the 1980s.
“I know Graeme was very keen for our visitors to visit our Yeoval and keep that relationship alive,” Cr Gosper said.
With a population of 45,000, Yeovil has been a traditional market town for centuries.
While its busy streets and high street stores are a major contrast to Yeoval and its population of just under 300 people, the big talking point was how did the “i” get lost in translation in the naming of Yeoval in Australia.
If you come from England, you probably only have “i’s” for Yeoval, but what’s a different letter matter when it comes to fostering international relationships, eh?