Australian Embassy

A New Partnership Delivers on a New Sewerage System for Palembang and Makassar

Media Release

24 May 2016

Australia has joined with senior members of the Indonesian Government, including the Ministry of Public Works, and with representatives from Palembang and Makassar, to sign the detailed engineering design documents for sewerage treatment works in those cities.

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson said such programs truly change lives, especially for women and children.

“Children are most vulnerable to disease from untreated sewerage and women are responsible for caring for sick family members and hauling buckets of water from wells and rivers,” Ambassador Grigson said.

“Our partnership supports the Indonesian Government aim to achieve 100% access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2019 as part of its long term development plan” said Mr Grigson.

Private sector firms such as PT. Denka Indonesia, MHW Consulting Pty Ltd, EnviroSolutions & Consulting, Cardno Emerging Markets Pty Ltd, Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) and Mott MacDonald Indonesia will share their expertise.

Australia has provided technical assistance to develop Wastewater Management Master Plans for eight cities.  The provision of good quality detailed engineering design also opens up access to external funding. 

“In Palembang, the Australian Government will provide the funding while construction in Makassar will be supported from the Asian Development Bank,” Mr Grigson said.

“Australia supports Indonesia’s ambition to have more infrastructure, to attract more investment, and in doing so, create a climate that is easier for business,”

“Our work together creates a more healthy society.  But it’s also about partnership, growth and jobs,” he said.   

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