The Australia Indonesia Awards 2017, organised by the Australia Indonesia Association (AIA), were a huge success, with the Presentation Night held on Saturday 11 March at the Grace Hotel in Sydney.
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of NSW was the Guest of Honour and he delighted everyone with his speech in Bahasa Indonesia. Pak Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, the outgoing Indonesian Ambassador was there for his final official function before returning to Jakarta. Pak Yayan Mulyana, the Indonesian Consul General, was in attendance as well as representatives of the Prime Minister and the NSW Premier.
This year the award categories were Resources, Sport and Tourism. There were 3 finalists selected for each category. Of the 9 finalists, 7 were able to make it to Sydney for the Presentation, coming from as far away as Perth, Darwin, Brisbane, Indonesia and Sydney.
The awards night was like a mini Academy Awards, with short videos of each of the finalists and their activities. Guests were amazed at how much is being done by individuals in various capacities, promoting greater understanding and friendship between Australians and Indonesians.
The 3 winners were:
Resources – Luke Bowen
Sport – Robbie Gaspar
Tourism – Judy Anglim
In addition to their trophies, they each received return tickets to Indonesia.
The Awards Presentation Night was also an opportunity to raise funds for the Qantas Helping Hands Community for their community projects in Indonesia.
The Australia Indonesia Institute supported the Awards program, as did several corporate sponsors, including CBA, Coca-Cola Amatil, Telstra, Central Equity, Netfare, Garuda, and of course Indomedia!