NAILA celebrated its third year with an Awards Ceremony and networking weekend in Melbourne on 10–12 November 2017. The Awards Evening, hosted by the Australia Indonesia Business Council – Victoria, was attended by over 100 guests including Ibu Dewi Savitri Wahab (Indonesian Consul General, Melbourne), Mr. Joel Backwell (Executive Director – International Education at the Department of Education and Training, Victoria) and Mr. John Cheong Holdaway (NAILA 2017 Judge and NAILA 2015 Executive Awardee).
Richard Mathews, Australian Consul General to Makassar, delivered his congratulations to all the participants of NAILA 2017 via video message. The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Asian Engagement, Western Australia also congratulated the participants and commented on the importance of Indonesian language study.
The 2017 Awardees delivered their winning entries in front of their families, friends and members of the Australia-Indonesia community.
Over the Awards Weekend, the awardees and their families explored Melbourne city, enjoyed an Indonesian lunch, participated in a gamelan workshop hosted by the Melbourne Community Gamelan, and had a private dinner. During the Weekend awardees had the opportunity to meet leaders in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, connect with each other and members of the NAILA community, and form lasting friendships.
NAILA is incredibly grateful to our 2017 VIP judges: Dr. Angie Bexley, Mr. Kevin Evans, Ms. Sekar Sari, Mr. John Cheong-Holdaway and Dr. Lily Yulianti Farid.
NAILA is driven by a dynamic and talented group of young Australian and Indonesian volunteers who are dedicated to improving the bilateral relationship.
NAILA is incredibly grateful to our partners for their support and we are extremely proud of every applicant in our 2017 competition. Without them, NAILA would not be possible.