Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Australia opens its 1st Consulate General in Makassar, gateway to eastern Indonesia

Mr Richard Mathews has been appointed Australia's first Consul-General in Makassa, the capital city of Indonesia's Sulawesi Selatan province, and a gateway to the east of the country. 
Richard Mathews
Mr Mathews is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently the Director of the Nuclear Policy Section. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Representative, Australian Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei; Deputy Head of Mission in Athens; and as Second Secretary in Bandar Seri Begawan. In Canberra, Mr Mathews has worked in the India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Europe sections.
He has also worked as a Director at the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies; Indonesia Director in the Northern Territory Government; and as a Visiting Fellow and Indonesia Merdeka Fellow at ANU.
Mr Mathews holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and a Diploma of Education from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University, and is fluent in Indonesian.


Consulate General of Australia

Wisma Kalla Lt 7, Jl Dr Sam Ratulangi No.8
Makassar, South Sulawesi - Indonesia

Telephone: +62 411 366 4100

Twitter:  @KonJenMakassar 

Web: www.makassar.consulate.gov.au 


Ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar on 22 March 2016.  Left to right: Kalla Group CEO Ms Fatimah Kalla, Mayor of Makassar Mr Haji Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon. Julie Bishop MP, Vice Governor of South Sulawesi Mr Haji Agus Arifin Nu’mang, Australian Consul-General Mr Richard Mathews

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