Land conversion must be kept in check

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 09:07

Source: The Jakarta Post
By: Desy Nurhayati
A spatial planning analyst warned that development projects in green areas in Bali were growing at an alarming rate and threatened not only the local ecology but also productive farmland.
The situation has not been helped by the fact that the local administration lacked a clear overview of its spatial planning, Rumawan Salain of Udayana University said Tuesday.
“Land conversion has grown rapidly. Protected areas are being encroached upon in the interests of tourism and other businesses,” he told Bali Daily.
In recent years, analysts estimated that land conversion on the island was as high as 1,000 hectares per year.
“The figure must have increased now, but changes in land use are not well recorded,” Rumawan said, adding that the local administration should collect data on land conversion to ensure control.
He said that around 65 percent of Bali was classed as protected areas and productive farmland where development is not allowed.
“What we are concerned about is that, despite this, many of these areas have been converted,” he said, citing the area around Buyan and Tamblingan Lake as examples.
Uncontrolled land conversion in some parts of Bali has resulted in ecological imbalance and degradation, he added.
Rumawan urged all regency administrations in Bali to complete the spatial planning master plan and enforce it.
Development on the edges of cliffs is also a major concern.
“There should be a safe distance between the building and the edge of the cliff. The distance is equal to the height of the cliff,” Rumawan explained.
Wayan Suteja, chairman of the Bali Villa Association (BVA), shared a similar view, saying that according to the spatial planning rules, building on cliff edges was not allowed.
However, developers often built properties right on the edge to make the most of their plots.
“They want to make the most of the area because the land price is expensive,” he said.
Over the last few years, many investors have bought up cliff areas in Badung regency to build accommodation that offers ocean views.
“This started several years ago and is a rising trend. Hotels, villas and resorts were built to attract guests that want a serene and private stay,” said Rai Suryawijaya, chairman of the Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) for Badung.
Suryawijaya said that this trend had increased land prices, particularly if a luxury resort was present.

Source: The Jakarta Post

By: Desy Nurhayati

A spatial planning analyst warned that development projects in green areas in Bali were growing at an alarming rate and threatened not only the local ecology but also productive farmland. 

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Bali turning into urban-resort destination

Thursday, 05 December 2013 08:35

Source: The Jakarta Post

By: Desy Nurhayati


Bali is turning into an urban-resort destination, as it will be welcoming many new internationally branded properties in a long pipeline of projects within the next several years. 

Some luxury hotel companies, including Rosewood, Jumeirah, Raffles and Shangri-La, were set to open their properties on the island, said Bill Barnett, managing director of C9 Hotelworks, a property consulting group. 

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Domestic investor drive Bali's property market

Friday, 29 November 2013 08:06

Source: The Jakarta Post

By: Desi Nurhayati


The domestic market continues to be the driving force behind Bali’s tourism fortunes, albeit at a slowing pace, a new report shows.

The Bali Hotel and Branded Residences Update, released recently by leading consulting groups Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks, highlights the knock on effect of the growing purchasing power of Indonesians is reflected in the massive hospitality-led residential market, which is highly leveraged by domestic buyers from Jakarta, Bandung and Surabaya.

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Miners stake claim in Bali

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 06:54

The resources boom may be running out of steam, but it's business as usual for long-time West Australian fly-in, fly-out miner Paul Davies.
Away from the dusty site and punishing work roster he left nine hours ago in the Pilbara, Davies, 35, is well into relaxation mode at his Bali home.
Encircled by lush tropical vegetation, the Busselton-born miner lazes beside his swimming pool. His supervisor role at Fortescue Metals' iron ore producer Solomon Hub is almost a distant memory as he sinks into a comfy chair and work stress dissolves.
"Those people who live in Melbourne and Brisbane won't get home 'til 7 the next morning," he says, savouring his relatively snappy commute.
About 50,000 FIFO employees work in WA; and with 97 flights weekly between Perth and Bali those tempted by Indonesia's cheap, tropical lifestyle are well served. While official figures are not available (most FIFO workers in Bali are on tourist visas, staying just a couple of weeks at a time) they are thought to number in the hundreds.
For the past decade, one hub, the Bali Senia Hotel in Sanur, has catered to scores of miners, most from sites in WA, with Port Hedland and Kalgoorlie secondary departure points. Owner Peter Pearson says FIFO numbers have increased dramatically in the past three years. He rents rooms for $20 a night and apartments for $25, some renting permanently: "It's much cheaper coming here than Perth."
FIFO workers who call Bali home are multiplying as they reject rising Australian living costs, a hectic pace and suburban chores such as house maintenance and lawn-mowing in favour of the business of R&R. And it encompasses serious business for many who have invested on the island, a mecca for cashed-up Australians ploughing their dollars into offshore property.
Underpinned by a robust Indonesian economy is a solid trend to further spread their wings to Nusa Lembongan, a small unspoiled island 40 minutes by speedboat southeast of Bali. Joining an already extensive Australian expat community, newcomers, such as Davies, are part of a fresh surge of Australians -- mainly from Perth -- staking claims in the tropical paradise.
In a yearning for the Bali of 10 years ago, when more people than bulldozers occupied the beach, there's also a drift to the clean slate of tiny Nusa Ceningan. Linked to Lembongan via a rickety suspension bridge and separated by an estuarine channel, the island has about six commercial villa developments on the drawing board.
Administrated by Bali's Klungung regency, the islands are pristine, surrounded by crystal clear water, coral reefs, surf and thick rainforest. They may well be Bali's best kept secrets. Suffice to say, a cautious eye remains on nascent development lest it replicate Bali's misguided construction frenzy.
In keeping with foreign investment regulations that forbid the sale of freehold land without an Indonesian partner, Davies has bought a 30-year extendable lease on 200sq m of land.
"There are not too many places left in the world where you can buy a block of land 50m from the beach with restaurants, diving and surfing . . . unless you go to a small country town," says Davies. "It's a beautiful, little boutique island. I'm not here for financial benefits, I'm here for the lifestyle.
"There's been an explosion of Australians living here in the past five years due to the mining boom and the easy access to the island. Ten years ago there weren't that many."
While Australian surfers have been riding Lembongan's waves for the past 30 years, such a tight-knit community has evolved -- most owning villa, restaurant and resort businesses -- that the place is covertly nicknamed Little Australia.
Relishing the absence of Bali's traffic jams, people sacrifice better infrastructure and roads to negotiate severely potholed ones by motorcycle.
There are no cars on the islands, only a few trucks for guest transportation and construction. How long that lasts will depend on popularity and expansion.
Unsurprisingly the desire for tranquillity has driven up property prices phenomenally, with a tripling in the past three years, according to Nusa Lembongan Property.
Land in the prime waterfront hot spot of Jungut Batu sells for about IDR800 million ($84,000) an are (one are equals 100sq m) but resistance to high prices is substantiated by some long-term vacant lots. Average prices, depending on beach access and water views, range from $20,000 to $35,000 an are.
"A few years ago they wouldn't have even been 100 million rupiah ($10,500)," says Perth-born expat John Lincoln, architect of a 16-villa eco development on Nusa Ceningan. Those buying into Lincoln's development are predominantly first-timers to Indonesia.
What's the attraction? "No cars, no pollution, clean water, peace and quiet," says Lincoln.
The eastern island of Lombok is another that has long captivated Australians but scores have had their fingers burned in dodgy transactions. Bali and its islands, at the centre of established communities, are easier choices and commutes.
Despite this, Indonesia's complex foreign investment regulations remain deterrents for many. Though new legislation has been on and off the table for several years, the only change in the pipeline is extendable land leases for up to 75 years, up from the present 25.
The most common method to buy freehold property is through an Indonesian nominee or partner. Entailing inherent risks, it can spell disaster for foreigners whose name is not on the title. A sweetener is attractively low Indonesian land tax rates, although Australians must pay the customary tax on offshore profits.
The experience of Melburnian David Lewis, a Lembongan home-owner who was fleeced by a dishonest nominee, is not unique. While Lewis, a carpenter, was working in Australia, his nominee stole $20,000 that he funnelled through building receipts for Lewis's house. Lewis never recouped the money. Disentangling the mess took a heavy toll.
Two years and $16,000 later, he managed to change the title of his home on prime hilltop land facing the ocean in Jungut Batu. Not without fear of it happening again. How do you trust a nominee? "You really just have to rely on your gut feeling."
Of the ordeal, the 58-year-old remarks: "It was very stressful. I had to sell excavation machinery and work long hours." It has paid off: the house and land he bought for $200,000 is worth $1.2 million today.
A now more savvy Lewis warns of Lembongan's dark side, saying asset-rich foreigners should be aware of standover tactics employed by gangsters called Jibaku.
"They'll threaten to burn your place down (if you don't pay). The surface looks fantastic, you start diving underneath and there's a dark side to this island."
Despite this, the rationale for staying outweighs potential pitfalls, he says. "The thing that drove me here originally was the surf, it still brings me back. I enjoy the lifestyle, if I don't delve too deeply." An intrinsic sense of community lacking in Melbourne is a big attraction, along with the rustic beauty of the place.
Victorian Steve Sterkenburg, another Lembongan devotee and FIFO veteran, manages a gruelling work schedule, limiting time with wife Kim to one week after every four away. Steve Sterkenburg, 47, works 350km northeast of Kalgoorlie and picks up a chartered 1 1/2-hour flight to Perth, but it can take six to 10 hours before he reaches Bali. The next day he takes the 40-minute speedboat ride to Nusa Lembongan. For the past six years, home has been a small villa business they built amid succulent vegetation on the island's remote eastern hillside. Getting there, via sharp rocky inclines, leads to spectacular views facing a turquoise estuary, beyond which is Nusa Ceningan.
"The build-up to coming home is hard to describe . . . when I come back to a place like this I can switch off from the mine site I've been on for the past four weeks. I have to pinch myself that this is our place," says .
A construction supervisor at the AngloGold Ashanti-owned Tropicana Gold Mine, Sterkenburg predicts his job will finish in six months. "I don't think about what I'm going to do next."
In the uncertain mining climate, he believes his 30-year history on sites and oil rigs stands him in good stead. Moreover, the business, which Kim Sterkenburg runs, has allowed the couple -- whose adult children live in Australia -- a lifestyle not afforded there. In 2008 they bought five are of land, which presently sells for $12,500 an are, through a nominee. The following year they bought an extendable 65-are leasehold for 40 years. The couple still owns a house in Adelaide ("our superannuation") .
Describing the erratic impact of the FIFO lifestyle on the couple's relationship, Steve Sterkenburg says: "You try to achieve as much as you can as a couple in a week." But both admit to a huge juggling act.
For single FIFOs, a strong sense of community in Bali -- where expats tend to work flexible hours -- forms a major prop.
Dallas Finn has found the financial benefits have turned his life around. Finn could barely make ends meet before his job on Barrow Island, WA, about 10 months ago. The 41-year-old from Umina, NSW, is revelling in his relative new-found wealth, using it for property investment in Bali, dentistry and travel.
Describing himself on Facebook as a "shit kicker" at the Gorgon natural gas project, he does cleaning, maintenance and delivery work. But the money makes it worthwhile, allowing him to build a nest egg and enjoy a better life.
"I wouldn't be able to eat out in Perth because it's so expensive; and if I did, it would be in a pub," he says. The same goes for expensive housing. Renting a room for $1600 a year in upmarket Seminyak, he has also bought 400sq m of land in east Bali on which he will build a house and pool for rental. On a self-improvement drive, he has a mouthful of new teeth courtesy of the island's cut-rate medical tourism. Next he will invest in a WA property.
"I am achieving so many goals. I'm not interested in fast cars etc; I want to set myself up for retirement." Whether he achieves his objective to remain 10 years in the job is another thing.
The trend to the subdued pace of Lembongan also has hooked FIFO worker Paul Markham and wife Anja, who are building their dream home on 300sq m bought through a nominee next to the Sterkenburgs' resort. The couple from Kiama, NSW, with adult children, encapsulate the reasons so many are enamoured of Lembongan: a simple, affordable, outdoor lifestyle, tropical climate and spacious, open living.
Looking to retirement when Markham, 58, will be more of a homebody, Anja takes a pragmatic view of their 33-year marriage: "We won't be living in each other's pockets (on Lembongan)."
A surfer and outdoor enthusiast, he revels in the environment, a world away from the chores he would otherwise be doing at the couple's Kiama property.
Markham, who received a handsome redundancy package from BlueScope Steel in 2011, has been working at BHP Billiton's Roxby Downs uranium mine in SA for about 18 months as a contracted supervisor, with one week off fortnightly.
They avoided the family pitfalls that plague many of his co-workers. "FIFO workers make a lot of money but they make a lot of sacrifices. It's painful for guys who have young kids . . . There are a lot of broken marriages."
For young FIFO workers, Markham sees an addiction to a fat pay packet translating into fast cars, prostitutes and five-star hotels as a looming social dilemma.
"We've seen the broken marriages, but the next generation . . . They've been used to making a lot of money but they don't have anything to show for it. If you work 10 years in the desert you want to be able to walk away with something, don't you? Not just memories and parties."

Source: The Australian

By: Deborah Cassrels


The resources boom may be running out of steam, but it's business as usual for long-time West Australian fly-in, fly-out miner Paul Davies.

Away from the dusty site and punishing work roster he left nine hours ago in the Pilbara, Davies, 35, is well into relaxation mode at his Bali home.

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Bali's top 10 secrets

Friday, 10 May 2013 06:47

From beach clubs and aphrodisiac cocktails to sophisticated high tea, the 'island of the Gods' has plenty to offer travellers. Here are Bali's top 10 secrets, as revealed in Bali Secrets from Deck of Secrets.
1.Bali Asli
Jl Raya Gelumpang
Gelumpang Village Amlapura Karangasem
A day-trip must for foodies and those intrigued by Balinese culture. Hire a driver and aim for Candidasa then head inland. Asli means 'authentic' in Balinese and this is the place to experience fine local cuisine with a locavore pedigree, including the drinks list, a highlight of which was the pineapple beer. Even the cooking methods are traditional. The menu is written daily on a lontar, a palm leaf manuscript and features items you're unlikely to find elsewhere. Set up high with views for miles and with luck Mount Agung will rise clearly in the distance.
NOTE: Open for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Take a detour before or after to see the fabulous Tirta Gangga, water palace built in 1946.
2.Chiringuito El Kabron
Jl Pantai Cemongkak
Perched high on the limestone cliffs of the Bukit Peninsula, the view from El Kabron is all Bali, while the vibe, the soundtrack and the cheerful blue and white décor are pure Ibiza-style 'chill out'. Mesmerising sunsets are best enjoyed from the infinity pool, or the comfort of a squishy bean bag, with a jug of Sangria in hand. Chef Marc Torices has a love of food that borders on obsession, creating classic Spanish fare like seafood paella, tapas and crema catalana, while 'flip flop fine dining', offers an inspired degustation menu that you don't have to dress up for.
NOTE: Check the website for regular weekly events such as classic movie screenings on Tuesday.
3.La Plancha
Double Six Beach, Jl Double Six
La Plancha has the proud distinction of introducing beanbags to Seminyak beach – dozens of them, in all shapes and colours, plonked on the sand and perfectly positioned for lazy tropical sunsets! While others have followed suit, no one does it with quite the same flair as the cool Spanish surfer crew behind La Plancha. The quirky, beach shack comes with all the trimmings, including a ramshackle collection of furniture, stained glass lamps, live sunset acoustic sets, seafood tapas and cocktails. They also keeps the beach party spirit alive and kicking with regular Friday DJ events packing the beach with an up-for-it crowd.
4.Mozaic Beach Club
Jl Pantai Batubelig
Prepare yourself for something big, really big. Mozaic Beach Club on Batubelig beach offers some of the best of their fine dining Ubud restaurant with more of a beach-side feeling but it's no replica of the original. Seating over 200 in a casual poolside bistro setting and the more formal upstairs dining room, this is a place where you can enjoy a la carte any way. Tasting menus will feature but aren't compulsory, while poolside for breakfast and lunch will offer more causal fare but will still include a foie gras menu. Overlooking the beach, this looks set to be a hit.
Note: Mozaic Beach Club is an off-shoot of the gastronomic favourite Mozaic restaurant in Ubud, the highest rated restaurant on the island in The Miele Asian restaurant guide.
5.Nammos Beach Club
Karma Kandara Resort, Jl Wijaya Kusuma
Take a holiday from your holiday and escape to a hidden paradise where dazzling white sand meets a glittering emerald sea, and gourmet food and designer cocktails are served direct to your deckchair. Getting to Nammos is half the fun, with an inclinator traversing the sheer cliff face to reveal panoramic views over the rugged coastline. Step out into a picturesque cove scattered with deck chairs and stripy parasols or head into the restaurant – the ultimate in beach shack chic with its thatched roof, bamboo veranda and rustic outdoor furniture. Mediterranean themed lunches, Asian influenced dinners, and an Ibiza inspired soundtrack complete the picture.
Jl Petitenget 40X
With a great location in the heart of the trendy dining district of Petitenget (also known as Eat Street), this modern Mediterranean style restaurant/bar combines a casual sidewalk vibe with elegant décor and stylish menu. Table tops are marble, vases are brimming with red roses, Martinis are infused with lychee, and crunchy baguettes are decked out in grilled prawns. Popular with ladies who lunch, Petitenget also makes a classy pit-stop on the Seminyak boutique circuit. Refuel with a salad of goats cheese, hazelnuts and honey roasted beets, or perhaps a crab risotto, and finish with one of the islands better cappuccinos.
7.Potato Head
Jl Petitenget
Thousands of antique shutters mounted into a quirky replica of the colosseum creates an extraordinary site, not to mention fabulous acoustics for the islands most fabulous parties. This beach club has it all going on with distinct bar and dining areas offering everything from pool side cocktails served with funky tunes, to exquisite French/Japanese influenced fine dining, traditional bistro food, and excellent South East Asian style tapas. Signature cocktails – designed by renowned Mixologist to the stars, Dre Masso – are in a league of their own; think island spiced sangria, long island's served in tea pots and 70's style punch. Good times guaranteed!
8.Sakti Dining Room
Fivelements, Banjar Baturning
The tragedy of Sakti is that there is only one and it's unlikely you'll live close enough to make it your local. Dining for the taste alone is sufficient reason to head out to town to Fivelements resort but you'll simultaneously discover that organic, raw, vegan food can taste spectacularly good and deceptively similar in the case of the lasagne. Sakti is exactly what Hippocrates intended when he said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Alcohol & caffeine are out but the raw chocolate truffles well compensate. Make a day of it with the extensive treatment options offered by specialist practitioners.
9.Sari Organik Bodag Maliah
Subak Sok Wayah off Jl Raya Ubud
The rustic bamboo pavilion that rises like a ship in a sea of lush green rice paddies provides a quintessential Balinese setting that focuses on organic food and healthy elixirs. Bodag Maliah translates as overflowing basket, offering salads literally picked fresh from the garden; you can even pick them yourself! The cafe is part of the Sari Organik Centre – at the forefront of the organic movement that is sweeping across Ubud – guests are welcome to explore the farm, which also produces jams, homemade wines and cheese. Getting there is half the fun, a 15-minute walk along a narrow trail across the rice fields.
NOTE: Take a look at the adjacent garden to see where much of the food comes from.
10.Seniman Coffee Studio
Jl Sriwedari
Coffee connoisseurs will love this boutique coffee studio with its fabulous organic Indonesian blends, and super hip vibe. Seniman translates as artist in Indonesian and this funky café celebrates the art of coffee crafting. The concept of slow coffee is the antithesis of High street style 'coffee to go,' so plant yourself at the counter (in a customised rocking chair) and watch as a rich smooth elixir is extracted drip by drip into a glass siphon. Fresh brews are served on custom made wooden trays, accompanied by a homemade Indonesian sweet. If the coffee doesn't wake up you the funky music and upbeat vibe will.
Word of Mouth cafe
Jl Kunti 9
Word of Mouth is a shop with a cafe concept that could easily see the cafe annexed and thriving in its own right. The slim menu sports some standard items but done particularly well and some more substantial and interesting dishes like the seared Tuna with wasabi and jalapeños. The 'greatest hits' cocktail list disappoints at most places but delivers at WOM which goes some way to explaining why the after work crowd congregates here. The shop with, its quirky, arty design driven range naturally attracts a creative crowd. They and you will notice the small details in the cafe. All crockery designed and made for WOM by local potters Gaya and furnished with items you can order and take home with you.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald


From beach clubs and aphrodisiac cocktails to sophisticated high tea, the 'island of the Gods' has plenty to offer travellers. Here are Bali's top 10 secrets, as revealed in Bali Secrets from Deck of Secrets.

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Simpang Siur underpass opens

Friday, 10 May 2013 06:43

Source: The Beat Magazine


Today marked a milestone in Bali’s economic and logistical future with one lane of the new Simpang Siur underpass being opened to traffic.
The south bound lane was opened at approximately 10.30 this morning and the traffic build up around the traffic lights of Simpang Siur, heading south, disappeared instantly. However, we aren’t 100% sure if this temporary or permanent and there still is a long way to go in the finishing of the project.
Local scribe, David Trauts was on the scene and said, “It was a fun moment. The police, who were directing traffic, were patting the workers on the back, congratulating them on their work, and everyone had smiles from ear to ear. It may be too early to say but it appears there is only one lane going in each direction, which may be something to regret in the future,” said Trauts to the TBD.  “But for now, we have to be thankful for this forward step in the history of the Bali macet (traffic jam).”

Today marked a milestone in Bali’s economic and logistical future with one lane of the new Simpang Siur underpass being opened to traffic.

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Larger govt role urged for Buleleng airport

Friday, 10 May 2013 05:11

Buleleng administration has received a preliminary feasibility study from a local investor wishing to invest in the planned international airport in northern Bali Regency officials and tourism stakeholders are urging a larger role from the central government to support the realization of the megaproject.
“Around March, we received the feasibility study conducted by a third party, PT Pembangunan Bali. The study focused on three locations: Gerokgak, Celukan Bawang and Kubu Tambahan in Buleleng that were deemed suitable for the airport establishment,” Buleleng administration secretary Dewa Ketut Puspaka told Bali Daily on Thursday.
However, Puspaka acknowledged that the exact spot for the airport had not yet been determined.
Puspaka acknowledged that previously, the Indian company GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd., as well as TAV Airport Holding from Turkey, had once shown some interest in investing in the project. “However, we have not received any follow up from them since.”
Stating that presence of the airport would serve as a long-term investment to advance the arguably underdeveloped northern Bali region, Puspaka said: “Buleleng administration is truly hopeful that there will be concrete investment for this project.”
Noted tourism businessman and former chairman of Bali Tourism Board, Bagus Sudibya, underlined the urgency of establishing the island’s second international airport up in the northern part of the island, to back up the limited capacity of the current international airport, Ngurah Rai, in Badung regency, on the southern edge of Bali.
“Ngurah Rai airport’s capacity may only sustain the island for the next 10 years. With 25 million visitors annually arriving at the airport, by the year 2025, we will need to have a second airport ready to operate to avoid excess load at the existing Ngurah Rai,” said Sudibya.
“So, now is indeed high time to build this new airport,” he said.
Nonetheless, Sudibya cautioned that such a huge investment over a 10-year period at a location which is not yet fully developed, such as Buleleng regency, should be mainly supported by the government, instead of relying heavily on the private sector.
“The private investor may contribute to the physical construction, or the operations of the airport, but other than that, land procurement and supporting infrastructure, including road access, electricity and water supply, should be the responsibility of the local administration and central government from the start,” he pointed out.
Sudibya underlined the importance of government commitment to involve the surrounding local communities in the area designated for the airport.
“Most land in Bali is owned by the local people, so why not engage them as a consortium of investors by forming a provincially owned company, or BUMD? That serves as a win-win solution that will ease the provincial administration’s burden in procuring the land, while at the same time avoid sidelining the locals as mere spectators to the ongoing development,” Sudibya argued.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Ministry’s director general of civil aviation, Herry Bakti Gumay, pointed out that so far, the central government had not yet planned to allocate funding from the national budget for the Buleleng airport project.
“This project is purely an initiative of the local administration and the private sector. So, our main role as regulator is to issue licenses for this project. In the meantime, we do expect that the private company that already submitted its preliminary feasibility study will provide us with its further detailed master plan and readiness to implement this project,” said Herry.
Buleleng regent Agus Suradnyana had previously expressed his expectation that by 2014 the Buleleng airport construction plan would be included in the Bappenas (National Development and Planning Board) agenda and that the construction would start by 2015. The Buleleng airport construction project is estimated to cost Rp 2.6 trillion (US$267 million).

Source: The Jakarta Post

By: Agnes Winarti


Buleleng administration has received a preliminary feasibility study from a local investor wishing to invest in the planned international airport in northern Bali Regency officials and tourism stakeholders are urging a larger role from the central government to support the realization of the megaproject. 

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Government to evaluate Buleleng spatial plan

Thursday, 11 April 2013 06:27

Source : The Jakarta Post


Govt to evaluate Buleleng spatial plan
The Public Works Ministry is currently reevaluating the spatial planning draft for Buleleng regency in North Bali following the relocation of the planned Buleleng International Airport.
The draft, reportedly submitted to the ministry in December 2011, did not specify the precise site of the proposed Buleleng Airport. It remains unclear whether the airport will be developed in Kubutambahan village in the east or in Gerokgak village in the west of the regency.
The development plan previously put Gerokgak forward as the possible site. However, several additional development plans for Celukan Bawang in Gerokgak village, intended warehouse sites and irrigation projects, were not included in the draft plan.
Conversely, in late December, Regent Putu Agus Suradnyana confirmed that the site of the new airport would be in Kubutambahan village, around 10 kilometers east of Singaraja, due to technical and geographical reasons.
Concern had been raised that spatial plan project team had not been informed about the ministry’s evaluation. Tjakra said the ministry’s evaluation was delivered to Buleleng Legislative Council in
“But, we [the administration] only received it in early March,” Tjakra said.
“The evaluation’s results will be comprehensively discussed in the next meeting between the regional administration and members of the legislative council,” he added.
Putu Mangku Mertyasa, chairman of the spatial plan committee, said that the changes to the drafts should be in line with a higher level of regulation and must thoroughly abide by the existing traditional and customary laws — including attention to sacred sites.
“Buleleng Airport will […] be a massive project affecting a lot of land and many of Buleleng’s residents,” he said.
The planned development of the airport sparked controversy among local and national figures. Initiated by then minister of tourism and culture Jero Wacik, many said that such a big project would cause social, cultural and environmental problems in Buleleng.
Despite Suradnyana warning middlemen to stay away from local people living adjacent to the planned site of the airport, there have been reports of numerous people acting as middle men approaching local residents living in Gerokgak village to sell their land at low prices. Other parties, who think the project could help the regency’s economy, have shown their support.
“I don’t want to let the residents feel cheated by these middlemen. I also do not want to see local people acting as observers of the developments, while people from outside Bali enjoy the robust developments,” Suradnyana said.
The regent said he received confirmation of the planned airport site after meeting with officials at the public works ministry.
“Kubutambahan village is thought to be the most appropriate site for the new airport given its land structure and its strategic location,” he added.
The central government also plans to develop large-scale multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects such as of bridges and toll-roads.

The Public Works Ministry is currently reevaluating the spatial planning draft for Buleleng regency in North Bali following the relocation of the planned Buleleng International Airport.

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Singaporean developers eye RI's booming properties

Thursday, 28 March 2013 08:22

Source: Asia One News


An association of Singaporean property developers has announced its interest in investing in Indonesia's booming property industry, during a recent visit to the Singapore branch of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore (REDAS) chairman Chia Boon Kuah said that REDAS had planned a business trip to Indonesia to explore business potential and meet local players.
"We will ask our partner, Indonesian Real Estate [REI], for assistance so that we can reap maximum benefits from the visit," Chia said as quoted by on Wednesday.
REI central board deputy secretary general Rusmin Lawin said that during the Jakarta visit the REDAS contingent would meet BKPM chief Muhammad Chatib Basri and Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to seek their business insights.
Rusmin, who is also secretary-general of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), added that Indonesia's property market had earned recognition from world-class institutions like the Urban Land Institute, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Knight Frank.
Head of the BKPM's Singapore branch Harri Santoso acknowledged that Singaporean businesspeople had been among the top three investors in Indonesia for the last decade. However, he noticed that only a few of these investments were in property.
"We will also show them some of our top notch projects like Central Park, Ciputra World, Pantai Indah Kapuk and Kemang Village," he said.

An association of Singaporean property developers has announced its interest in investing in Indonesia's booming property industry, during a recent visit to the Singapore branch of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

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Luxury real estate price are soaring in Indonesia

Thursday, 07 March 2013 03:37

Source: Business Insider

By: Julie Zeveloff


Jakarta and Bali, both in Indonesia, ranked high on real estate firm Knight Frank's new index of price growth in the world's luxury real estate markets.
The capital city of Jakarta, where prices increased 38 percent year-over-year, topped the list this year. And Bali ranked second, tying with Dubai with a 20 percent increase in luxury real estate prices between 2011 and 2012.
Knight Frank explained the growth:
Jakarta benefited from continued strong GDP growth, which has stood at or above 6% for five out of the past six years and, in particular, from rapid growth in middle-class wealth. Increased access for non-resident purchasers could help sustain the trend through 2013.
While a third of the cities in the report experienced price growth in 2012, around half of the cities reported negative price growth. Overall, the Asia-Pacific region fared well, while Europe struggled.
According to Knight Frank, the dichotomy stems from the aftermath of the financial crisis:
The search for safe haven investments has continued to propel prices higher in key global cities; some of the markets worst hit by the global financial crisis appear at long last to be recovering; and the impact of growing global wealth flows has kept governments busy in their attempts to limit price growth and deflate nascent real-estate bubbles before they explode.
Here are the 20 cities (out of 80 analyzed by Knight Frank) where prices on luxury residential real estate rose the most in 2012:

Jakarta and Bali, both in Indonesia, ranked high on real estate firm Knight Frank's new index of price growth in the world's luxury real estate markets.

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