A series of events took place as part of the Sanitation Public Diplomacy in Balikpapan. On 25 May 2015, a press conference was held at the office of the Mayor of Balikpapan and attended by various local media, followed by a radio talkshow at Smart FM. Both received quite a lot of interest from the media and listeners. Ibu Nur Fadrina Mourbas from IndII and Ibu Nining Surtiningsih, Head of Bappeda Balikpapan lead on the discussion and questions and answers regarding basic needs of sanitation, the Local Government’s effort to raise people awareness and the Government of Australia’s support to the program. On 26 May 2015, a Sanitation School Awareness Day was opened by HM Rizal Effendi, the Mayor of Balikpapan and attended by 300 students from SMPN 4, SMPN 9, SMP Patra Darma, 2 SMP Adiwiyata (SMPN1 dan SMPN3).
Through the Ministry of Transport’s Integrated Urban Road Safety Program (IURSP), four Local Governments (Bandung, Denpasar, Medan and Pekanbaru) are receiving grants and technical support from IndII so they can develop integrated, sustainable urban road safety plans. Following a study tour to Victoria, representatives from the four cities assessed their local needs and priorities and drafted proposals for their urban road safety programs. These were presented on 22 May 2015 at Swiss Belhotel in Jakarta. Presenters were Ranward Parapat from the Transport Agency Medan, Yudhiana from LLAJ Bandung, Dewa Adi from UPT Denpasar and Sunarko from LLAJ Pekanbaru. Koesbiyantara from the Ministry of Transport led the discussion and assessment of each proposal. IndII’s technical team provided input on both engineering designs and implementation processes. All cities are expected to deliver their final designs by the end of June 2015.
Indonesian Delegates Visit VicRoads
As part of the Integrated Urban Road Safety Project (IURSP) activities, IndII organised a comparative study visit to VicRoads in Melbourne, Australia from 20–24 April 2015. IURSP supports four selected cities in Indonesia to identify, develop, design and implement road safety projects in Indonesia.