Bali Tragedy Commemorations
Media release from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Commemorations will be held across Australia and in Bali tomorrow to mark the second anniversary of the Bali terrorist attack. Eighty-eight Australians were among the 202 people killed in the brutal bombings outside the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar in Kuta on 12 October 2002.
In Canberra, the Governor-General and the Prime Minister will attend a memorial church service at 10.30am in the St John the Baptist Church, Reid. In Sydney, a simple ceremony will be held at the Bali Memorial on Dolphins Point, Coogee, at 12.30pm tomorrow.
On the Gold Coast, a Candlelight Bali Remembrance Service will be held in the Allambe Memorial Park at Broadbeach, Nerang, from 5pm to 7pm. The South Australian Government is organising a multi-faith service at 6-6.30pm at St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Wakefield St, Adelaide. In Melbourne, a service will be held at 7pm at Lincoln Square, Swanston St, Carlton. And in Perth, the Premier will lay a wreath at the Bali Memorial at Kings Park.
A ceremony will also be held in Bali at 10.30am tomorrow at the memorial to the victims at Jalan Legian, adjacent to the Sari Club and Paddy's Bar sites. The 30-minute service will include the laying of wreaths at the memorial and speeches by the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, David Ritchie, and a senior Indonesian representative.
A Bali memorial service travel bulletin is available on the Department's www.smartraveller.gov.au website with further information on the Bali ceremony, including a link to the Department's travel advice for Indonesia. Australian Consulate-General officials in Bali are liaising closely with Indonesian authorities on enhanced security arrangements for the anniversary.
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