"Media, including such radio as Cairns FM 89.1 play a very important role in informing people about the latest developments and important achievements on the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia," Consul General Subolo said in a statement from the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney received by ANTARA here on Sunday.
Furthermore, the consul general said 2019 was the year marking 70 years of relations between Indonesia and Australia.
"There are many important achievements in relations and cooperation between Indonesia and Australia that are not widely known by people. I hope that Cairns FM89.1 will support the two governments in spreading information on the development of our bilateral relations," he remarked.
During the visit to the radio station, Consul General Subolo was accompanied by his wife, Sinta Subolo, and consul for media Hermanus Dimara. They were welcomed by Cairns FM89.1 management, namely, manager Peter Ricketts and management committee member Glenn Best, as well as three Indonesian program broadcasters, Shalimma Althaus, Itin Chadijah, and Liana Hithcock.
Ricketts said the encouragement of Consul General Subolo to publish stories on the development of bilateral relations between Indonesia and Australia was positively welcomed. To this end, his radio station would be happy to receive information about developments in Indonesia for broadcast.
Cairns FM89.1 is a community-based radio station, whose funding is partly obtained from the Australian Federal Government and carried out by volunteers.
The programs broadcasted on this radio station include regular news, interview programs, free community announcement services, and music.
The Indonesian language program on this radio is broadcasted on Saturdays for one hour from 18:00 to 19:00 local time.
The working area of the Consulate General in Sydney covers three states in Australia, namely, New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia.
Consul General Subolo’s working visit to Cairns was an effort of the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney to foster cooperation with local administrations and relevant parties in non-metropolitan cities, as well as establish closer relations with Indonesian people living in these areas.