Australian parliamentarians visit aid programs in Surabaya

Australian parliamentarians visit aid programs in Surabaya

(indonesia.embassy.gov.au)

"The delegation will view Australia`s water and sanitation program in Sidoarjo area..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - An Australian parliamentary delegation is in Surabaya this week to view Australian Government-funded aid programs in the region, according to the Australian embassy`s press statement.

"The delegation will view Australia`s water and sanitation program in Sidoarjo area and meet families who have had clean water connections placed in their homes thanks to Australia's support," the embassy stated in the statement here on Thursday.

The water and sanitation program is part of Australia`s support to work with Indonesia to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals of halving the proportion of Indonesian without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation.

By 2015, Australia will provide 327,000 water and 14,000 sewerage connections for poor urban households in Indonesia.

The delegation also met with Indonesians in East Java who have benefited from Australia Awards scholarships. 568 people from East Java have been awarded with the scholarships to build the skills of the workforce in the province and create strong links between Australian and Indonesian people.

Australia has various development programs in East Java including poverty reduction, water and sanitation, education, decentralisation, health and disaster preparedness.

This visit to Surabaya is part of a parliamentary study tour to Indonesia. The delegation members are Senator Alex Gallacher, Harry Jenkins MP, Paul Neville MP, Dr Mal Washer MP, and Vikki Darrough.
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