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#101454 - 22 Jun 09 08:31 AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing
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what a sordid tale this is turning into, on all sides ...

From http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,,25669101-2703,00.html

Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing

Deborah Cassrels in Kuta, Bali

THE near-derelict block of land hardly gets a glance as a parade of tourists trek past in Bali's party precinct on JL Legian in Kuta.

But amid the clubs and bars doing a brisk trade, a storm is erupting over the 800sqm on which the former Sari Club stood.

The desolate site, considered hallowed ground by Australians, is opposite Bali's memorial monument listing the victims of the October 2002 terrorist attack, including those killed at the nearby Paddy's Bar, which has been redeveloped. The bombs claimed 202 lives, including 88 Australians.

The Sari Club site, earmarked for a peace park and museum, has drawn little attention since the bombings, until recently.

A quasi-parking lot for motor bikes, the land has been a hive of activity for much of the past two weeks. Construction workers have erected a site shed and corrugated iron fences, and paved the entrance. A large generator faces the back wall. A sign declaring that building is not permitted has been removed.

The community and government authorities are abuzz, saying wealthy Balinese businessman Kadek Wiranatha, who owns many nightclubs and restaurants in the district, including Paddy's Bar, has bought a 15-year lease on the site from the Jakarta landowner Sukanto Cia.

While Mr Cia would not comment, sources said his brother-in-law, Hadi, confirmed that Mr Kadek had bought the lease.

Local officials do not deny Mr Kadek's plan, but they say he has no building permit, leaving a window for the local government authorities to stop the project.

Calls to step up the stalled plans for the commemorative Bali Peace Park to prevent Mr Kadek from building a restaurant, bar and club on the site have prompted urgent local government meetings.

Speaking briefly with The Australian at the weekend, Mr Kadek denied reports he was building a restaurant, bar and club on the Sari Club land.

"I have not bought the land," Mr Kadek said. "They (the reports) are not true. I do not have a building permit."

Mr Kadek owned the bankrupt Air Paradise International, which flew the Bali-Australia route but ceased operations in 2005 after the second Bali bombing on October 1 of that year, in which 20 people, including four Australians, were killed.

A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade official expressed concern at reports of plans to develop the former Sari Club site, and said they understood the Balinese authorities had not given permission for development of the land.

After a meeting last week with Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika to resurrect the peace park plan, Australian Consul-general Lex Bartlem said the outcome was "positive".

The DFAT official said: "The (Australian) government continues to encourage development of the site of the former Sari Club in a manner appropriate to the memory of the victims of the bombing."

Mr Bartlem was seeking a meeting with the Regent of Badung on the issue.

The plan for a peace park and museum, providing a tranquil space for reflection and backed by the Balinese and Australian governments, has been dogged by bureaucratic problems for years. The issue of funding appears to be the problem, with cost estimates ranging from $1.5 million to $2.5m. Bali Peace Park Association chairman Nick Way says the association is awaiting tax-free status, but he is confident the planned park will be completed by next year.

There is conflict within the association that is hampering efforts to move forward. The man who inspired the plan for the park, Perth-based Dallas Finn, who has for six years headed the campaign, has been expelled from the association.

An email sent to him by Mr Way two weeks ago, says: "Dallas Finn is no longer a member of the association and does not represent it. He was expelled last week because of repeated activities during the past eight months which were not authorised by the association."

Asked yesterday what had prompted the sacking, Mr Way said Mr Finn was a "maverick", acting alone and against the board's wishes.

But Mr Finn, an insurance salesman, believes his work for the park, including the recruitment of leading Bali-based Australian landscaper Michael White, means the plan could not have progressed without him, and says his close ties with the Balinese community have driven the project.

"The association has no understanding of the political and cultural sensitivity of the project here in Indonesia," Mr Finn said. "Nor have they built relations with the various community and government leaders."

Mr Finn became passionate about the peace park after attending the first anniversary memorial at the Sari Club site.

"It takes a long time to build a sufficient amount of trust with the Indonesians, of which the other members have no understanding," he said. "Environmental group Yayasan Gus, the park manager, said it would withdraw its support without me, which may cause a domino effect with other groups. I feel that after all my hard work, it was a real kick in the teeth."

Mr Finn claims petty jealousies and hidden agendas are behind his sacking. "At such a sensitive stage, the project could be on the line," he said.

Mr Finn, who moved to Bali for 18 months to organise the campaign for the peace park, said his efforts had cost him $300,000 in lost wages and money he had put into the campaign.

"I've done the groundwork," he said. "The association's focus should be on trying to raise the money instead of undermining my efforts."
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#101455 - 22 Jun 09 08:41 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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The desolate site, considered hallowed ground by Australians

desolate? no more than any other vacant block. hallowed? by whom?

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wealthy Balinese businessman Kadek Wiranatha, who owns many nightclubs and restaurants in the district, including Paddy's Bar, has bought a 15-year lease on the site from the Jakarta landowner Sukanto Cia.

meaning, someone owns the land, and is using their right to lease it to someone else. if the land was so "hallowed", why didn't the australians buy it?

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... they say he has no building permit, leaving a window for the local government authorities to stop the project.

block a building permit? on what pretext? this is prime real estate!

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After a meeting last week with Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika to resurrect the peace park plan, Australian Consul-general Lex Bartlem said the outcome was "positive".

meaning, lots of patronizing smiles, but absolutely no commitments.

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Mr Bartlem was seeking a meeting with the Regent of Badung on the issue.

apparently among the "poorest" of all Bali's Regents, he is making up for it by imposing illegal fees on PMA companies trying to set up in Badung.


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But Mr Finn, an insurance salesman, [...] says his close ties with the Balinese community have driven the project.

oh god, yet another bule loser with "close ties" to the balinese ...
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#101462 - 22 Jun 09 11:25 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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Not another Sari Club though please. Simply ghastly place it was.
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#101465 - 22 Jun 09 11:42 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: Derek Gratis]
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If this land was so hallowed and important to Australians then why haven't they purchased the land? I would also be interested in how anybody can spend $2.5 million on landscaping 800sqm!!
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#101467 - 22 Jun 09 11:48 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: chewwyUK]
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I'll put you in touch with my builders, chew. The grasping, mendacious bastards would have no problem knocking you a quote up.
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#101472 - 22 Jun 09 12:59 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: Vulgarian]
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Erm ... How would Australians purchase the land, K3C? Isn't it illegal for foreigners to purchase land anywhere in Indonesia?
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#101473 - 22 Jun 09 13:03 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: Sammy Jankis]
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Quoting: Sammy Jankis
Erm ... How would Australians purchase the land, K3C? Isn't it illegal for foreigners to purchase land anywhere in Indonesia?

for foreign persons, yes, it is indeed not permitted under indonesian law. however, for indonesian legal entities such as companies and foundations (yayasan), it is indeed possible and lawful.

it seems this group have in fact formed a yayasan, however, i would hate to imagine how it was structured, or even if it had any foreign involvement at all. the bule "head" of this yayasan was complaining that he is still waiting for the yayasan's "tax free status" ... this indicates to me that he may have been taken on a wander up the garden path by a Balinese guide ...

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#101497 - 23 Jun 09 08:03 Re: AUSTRALIAN/Anger over plans for site of Bali bombing [Re: Derek Gratis]
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Quoting: Derek Gratis
Not another Sari Club though please. Simply ghastly place it was.


It was a terrible place. Full of drunk noisy Australians, with large plastic rubbish bins in the men's toilets for the Aussie guys to vomit into.

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