On 26th January 2016, the members of Australia Indonesia Association (ACT) joined with Australia Indonesia Families Association (ACT) to celebrate Australia Day 2016 with a bar-b-que on a delightful summer day on the banks of Lake Burley-Griffin on Black Mountain Peninsula.
The Indonesian Ambassador, His Excellency Bapak Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, and his wife Ibu Nino and members of the Embassy staff and their family also joined us.
The Black Mountain Peninsula is a popular site for lunch for many groups and organisations on Australia Day so it was fortunate that some of the AIA committee arrived early to set-up and secure a suitable location. It was near the end of the peninsula surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of the trees, the mown lawns and the sparkling blue lake water.
Food and drinks were abundant with AIA (ACT) providing halal lamb chops and lamb and garlic sausages and all attendees contributing to provide a wonderful selection of choices for entrée, mains and dessert. There was also lots to drink on the warm but pleasant day. AIA Vice-President Australia, Phil Domaschenz, again took charge of the bar-b-que with lots of assistants to ensure that there was an abundant supply of sausages and chops when we started lunch.
The formalities that followed were enjoyed by all and included the singing of the Australian National Anthem (both verses) and the Indonesian National anthem. Toasts to both countries and brief speeches were given by Les Boag the President AIA (ACT), Bapak Nadjib the Indonesian Ambassador, and John Robson the President AIFA (ACT).
The event was a wonderful success with over 50 adults and a large number of children attending. It was a great sharing of friendship between Australian and Indonesian families and of course many families with a mix of both.