Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett
East Java Sister State Celebrations
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia marks the 20th Anniversary of its Sister State Agreement with Indonesia’s East Java Province, with His Excellency the Governor Dr. Ken Michael, AC representing the State at official functions in Surabaya Indonesia’s East Java Province, East Java’s Capital.
During the visit commencing this weekend, the Governor will sign a re-affirmation of the Western Australia – East Java Sister State/Province Agreement.
WA’s Premier, Colin Barnett, said the Sister State Relationship was important in promoting bilateral business, trade and investment, as well as fostering important People-to-People Links.
“Surabaya’s Port is a Regional Gateway for commodities and goods exported from WA and are a major destination for this State’s Wheat Exports.” Premier Barnett said.
“Through the Sister State relationship many Programs and Exchanges have occurred, between government agencies, organisations and businesses, in areas such as agriculture; education; governance; health and welfare; and sport and culture.”
“His Excellency Dr. Michael, AC will also participate in the official opening of newly-restored buildings at Karya Mulia, the only school in Indonesia for deaf children from pre-primary to high school.”
“To commemorate the anniversary, the Western Australian Government contributed $100,000 towards school building improvements, including a new roof and weather-proofing.”
“There has been a strong WA association with the school since the mid-1990’s, through the support of the Patricia O’Sullivan Humanitarian Project Inc and members of two Rotary Clubs the Cambridge club in WA and the Surabaya club in East Java.” Premier Barnett said.
The Premier said other events in Surabaya during the 20th Anniversary celebrations would include a WA Food Showcase, a visit to a School, a Basketball Tournament and a performance by a WA Theatre Company.