DENPASAR, balipuspanews.com – The efforts and actions of the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, in cleaning the island’s nature from plastic waste, received praise and appreciation from the Australian side.
This was revealed when Bali Governor Wayan Koster received an audience for the Australian Consul General at Bali Anthea Griffin, in the Governor’s living room, Bali Governor’s Office in Denpasar, Tuesday morning (18/6).
This was the first meeting of Consul General Griffin who was appointed to replace Helena Studdert last March.
In addition to introductions, this meeting also discussed several issues in the fields of tourism, culture, trade, environment and tourism.
The most prominent conversations, appearing around environmental issues. The Australian Consul General was impressed with the efforts of Governor Wayan Koster who has taken part in overcoming the problem of garbage in Bali, especially plastic waste.
“I am very happy when shopping in a supermarket, where beans and chili are wrapped in banana leaves,” Griffin said.
He said the Australian government was interested in being able to get involved in efforts to overcome the garbage problem in Bali. According to him, his party has been involved in educational programs in several hotels and villages in Bali.
Responding to that, Bali Governor Wayan Koster said, after banning the use of disposable plastics, it was preparing a waste management regulation so that garbage in Bali could be completed from the source.
“Organic efforts are made to be finished in the village, while inorganic ones are managed on the one hand,” said the Governor who is also the Chairperson of the PDI Perjuangan DPD in the Province of Bali. He welcomed if there was a program that could synergize with the Bali Provincial Government to create a clean Balinese nature in accordance with the vision of ‘Nangun Sat Kerthi Loka Bali’.
Governor Koster said that the relationship between Bali and Australia had been established for a long time, so he hoped that this relationship could even be improved.
Besides environmental issues, Consul General Griffin also appreciated the implementation of the XLI Bali Arts Party parade which he witnessed on Saturday (6/22). Griffin hopes that next year Australia can participate in the Bali Arts Festival.
Still in the field of culture and tourism, Consul General Griffin also hopes that tourists from Australia can be more in touch with Balinese customs and culture, in addition to their hobbies in surfing and vacationing in hotels as they should.
In the field of trade, Consul General Griffin hopes that bilateral agreements in the economic field between Indonesia and Australia (IA-CEPA) can be immediately ratified, so that it will have an impact on trade cooperation between Bali and Australia.
“Relations between our countries are strong, now we want to improve people-to-people relations,” Griffin said. (rls/bpn/tim)