On October 30, 2002, Mr. Alit Putra, the Vice Governor of Bali, and Dr. Professor Gde Pitana, the Chief of the Bali tourism office traveled to Sydney to attend a Memorial Service organized by the Indonesian Christian community in New South Wales (NSW) to commemorate the Australian victims of the October 12th bombing attack. During their Australian visit the Balinese officials paid visits on both houses of the NSW Parliament.
Australian Pledges Support
The Premier of NSW, the Hon. Bob Carr, told the visiting Balinese that the Australian Federal and various state governments will do all in their powers to help Bali recover and rebuild as Australia's favorite holiday destination.
"I have spoken to the Prime Minister (Mr. John Howard) and he also is committed to providing aid and support to Bali. Whatever you need from the NSW Government just ask," Mr. Carr assured.
Australian Delegation Slated for Bali
Mr. Carr and the Deputy Mayor of Sydney, Mr. Henry Tsang talked of being part of a trade mission to Bali as a way of stimulating tourism confidence to the island. "We need to mount this delegation soon, even before the Government's travel warnings are lifted, so that Australians can see Bali is returning to normal," said Mr. Tsang.
Garuda Indonesia sponsored the visit.
The picture shown at balidiscovery.com shows the Premier of NSW, Mr. Bob Carr (right), in talks with the Vice Governor of Bali, Mr. Alit Putra (center), and the head of the Bali Tourism Office, Mr. Gde Pitana (left).
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