Friends of Same (pronounced Sah-may) was formally launched in 2002 by the City of Boroondara to provide a forum for residents of the municipality to develop links with and coordinate initiatives and support for the people of the sub-district of Same in rebuilding their communities.
East Timor, as the world's newest nation, has suffered the ravages of years of foreign domination, war and violence, before and after the 1999 Referendum on Independence. More recently it has suffered from civil unrest as it goes through the difficult process of developing its fledgling democracy.
The City of Boroondara has joined other councils in participating in the Australia Timor-Leste Friendship Program, a joint initiative of the Victorian Local Government Association and the Government of Timor-Leste. This program aims to provide long term support for community development, matching local government expertise and community resources and interests, with areas in East Timor.
As a community-based group, the Friends of Same enables Council to draw more effectively on the expertise and commitment of individuals and existing community groups and service organisations within the municipality.
In November 2007 Friends of Same became an Incorporated Association. The City of Boroondara continues to support the work of the Friends of Same through seeding funding, and through it’s commitment to it’s agreement with the Same sub-district.