Sunday, February 28, 2016

Australia's huge new embassy in Jakarta opens for missions to Indonesia and ASEAN

AUSTRALIA’S NEWLY COMPLETED Embassy complex at Jl Patra Kuningan Raya Kav 1-4 in Jakarta, Indonesia, is quickly being populated by staff of the Australian diplomatic missions to the Republic of Indonesia and to the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Occupying a 40,500 square metre site with a gross floor area of 50,106 square metres, Australia's largest embassy in the world provides office facilities for 551 employees – Australian and Indonesian – representing 12 government agencies.

Philanthropy leaders welcomed
The complex also includes 32 four-bedroom apartments, and extensive recreational facilities including club-room, a swimming pool, two tennis courts and a multi-purpose sports court. While the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Paul Grigson, retains the official residency in Menteng, the prestigious new residency within the complex will be home to Australia’s separate Ambassador to ASEAN, Mr Simon Merrifield.

Philanthropy briefing in new Embassy
Since work on the new facilities began in 2013, Australian diplomats have advised that the Embassy will resume its central role for Australian activities in Jakarta, particularly hosting meetings and social functions that were suspended after the deadly terrorist bombing of its premises in 2004.

Photo: www.philanthropy.org.au
A visiting delegation of Australian Philanthropy Leaders has claimed the title of “first external group” to visit the recently completed building. On 22 February they were welcomed by Mr Justin Lee, Deputy Head of Mission, for extensive briefings.

The delegation, led by Professor Tim Lindsey (Australia Indonesian Institute) and Ms Sanchi Davis (DFAT), included Mr Carrillo Gantner (Chairman, Sidney Myer Fund), Mr Phillip Keir (Co-Founder, Keir Foundation), Mr Leonard Vary (CEO, Myer Foundation), Ms Eve Mahlab (Co-Founder, Australian Women Donors Network), Ms Karen Mahlab (Founder and CEO,  Pro Bono Australia), Ms Julie Reilly, (CEO, Australian Women Donors Network), Mr Paul Wheelton (Chairman, Bali Children Foundation) and Mr Chris Wootton (Services Manager, Philanthropy Australia).

See also: New 4ha, minerals-clad, high-security Australian embassy in Jakarta underway (8 August 2013).

2 comments:

INDONESIA NOW with Duncan Graham said...

How is living inside this castle going to help our diplomats get closer to understanding Indonesia and its citizens? What sort of advice will officials be giving the Australian government when their view of Indonesia is through security cameras? The message being sent by this fortress to Indonesians is that we fear you.

Marlon Pakpahan said...

yes, the message being sent by this fortress to Indonesians is that we fear you.

New Australia embassy is exactly like British royal era fort
like a fortress if there is a war
there seems to be afraid of Australia

Even if there had been once the terrorists who attacked the embassy fence Australia old does not mean it describes the nature or conduct of the people or the people of Indonesia

how do we know the nature and behavior of the hospitality of the people, the population, the people by building a fortress-like embassy war.

If you want to know the people of Indonesia resident attitudes and behavior is not enough to just keep an eye on pedestrians from CCTV cameras in around embassies whether it is from Recreation, Residence, HOM head of mission and Chancery

But I guess the neighborhood community recognize

The embassy building fend off fears

Therefore do not want to know the hospitality of its neighbors in particular and the people of Indonesia in general