Australian Consulate-General
Makassar, Indonesia

Consul-General's Eastern Indonesia Blog

Welcome to my Blog on eastern Indonesia. At the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar, my staff and I are in the privileged position of being involved in a project of great importance to Australia’s future, and one which I think is pretty important to Indonesia too. Our core duty is to promote bilateral trade, investment, education and people-to-people links between eastern Indonesia and Australia.

Australians in general know very little about eastern Indonesia. And people in eastern Indonesia are only slightly more aware of the country to their south. We are geographically very close, yet the cultural and linguistic divide between us remains considerable. But our two regions are of immense strategic and economic importance to each other.

So how do we change this paradigm, and increase mutual understanding and awareness?

The key from my point of view is to work on people. We must intensify people-to-people contact at all levels. We must promote knowledge of our respective countries: our natural wonders, our cultural diversity, and our economic opportunities. We must share our experiences in many different forums and open our eyes and ears whenever we hear about our neighbours just across the Arafura Sea.

At the Australian Consulate-General in Makassar our day-to-day work of promoting Australia in eastern Indonesia will occupy most of our energy and resources. But this Blog is my attempt to promote understanding of eastern Indonesia among Australians. Mostly, I will publish this Blog in English.

I hope you enjoy reading what follows, and sharing our journey as we reach out to the provinces of eastern Indonesia. Feedback will be most welcome.

Richard Mathews, Consul-General, Makassar.


Latest Entries

49. Sustainable Tourism in Raja Ampat
48. Preserving a Bamboo Forest in North Toraja, South Sulawesi
47. The First Lady of the Fleet Visits Makassar
46. A Tale of Trees and Tourism in Ternate
45. Building Tourism Partnerships in Eastern Indonesia
44. Three Hours South of the Equator
43. Causindy Gala Dinner Speech
42. Gorontalo – a Green and Pleasant Province
41. Sumba, The Island You Can't Forget
40. Renewable Energy in Eastern Indonesia: Opportunities for Australian-Indonesian Cooperation
39. Three Days in North Sulawesi
38. Visit to Luwu Raya and North Toraja, Part Two
37. Visit to Luwu Raya and North Toraja, Part One
36. Raising Awareness – the Importance of Eastern Indonesia to Australia
35 b. Festival Internasional F8 Makassar yang Kedua
35 a. The Second Makassar International F8 Festival
34. Visit to West Sulawesi: New, Small and Growing
33 b. Artinya “Sepuluh Bali Baru” Bagi Indonesia Timur dan Australia
33 a. What the “Ten New Balis” Could Mean for Eastern Indonesia and Australia
32. Australian Entrepreneurs, Writers and Muslim Leaders Visit Makassar
31. Indonesian National Education Day 2017
30. Makassar: Profile of a City in Eastern Indonesia, Part Two -  Shopping Malls
29. Another Small Corner of Paradise: Visit to Bajawa, Flores
28. Visit to Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
27 b. Sejarah itu Penting: Industri Teripang Antara Makassar dan Australia Utara
27 a. History is Important: the Sea-cucumber Industry Between Makassar and Northern Australia
26. Makassar: Profile of a City in Eastern Indonesia, Part One
25. Visit to North Maluku Part 2: Halmahera, December 2016
24. Visit to North Maluku Part 1, December 2016
23. Visit to Maluku Province, December 2016
22 b. Konferensi AIBC di Perth: Peningkatan Optimisme dalam Hubungan Bisnis
22 a. AIBC Conference in Perth: Growing Optimism in Bilateral Business Relations
21. Salemo Island: Launching the School of the Sea
20. Another Australian Goodwill Ship Visit to Makassar: HMAS Yarra, October 2016
19 b. Misi Perdagangan Australia yang Pertama ke Indonesia: Pertama Singgah di Makassar
19 a. Australia’s First Trade Mission to Indonesia: First Stop Makassar
18. Visit to Bone, Sidrap and Pangkep Regencies: Part 3
17. Visit to Bone, Sidrap and Pangkep Regencies, South Sulawesi: Part 2
16. Visit to Bone, Sidrap and Pangkep Regencies, South Sulawesi: Part 1
15 b. Rehabilitasi Terumbu Karang di Pulau Badi
15 a. Rehabilitating the Coral Reef of Badi Island
14. Speaking to First Year Students at Makassar’s Indonesian Muslim University
13. Sixty Years of Hasanuddin University  - and Ebiet
12. Sinergi – Perpaduan Visi Antara Dua Kota?
11. Pariwisata, Sampah dan Selfie Spot di Indonesia Bagian Timur
10. City Festivals in Eastern Indonesia
9. A Tale of Two Pesantren: Islamic Boarding Schools in South Sulawesi
8. Village School Libraries in South Sulawesi
7. Newspapers in Eastern Indonesia
6. The End of the Fasting Month – Idul Fitri – in Makassar
5. Breaking the Fast in Makassar
4. Baubau, the Sultanate of Buton and Province of Kepton: June 2016
3. Promoting Australian Education in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, June 2016
2. Visit to Ambon, 1 June 2016
1. Australia Opens a New Consulate-General in Makassar, 22 March 2016