Friends of Baucau annual planning meeting 20 February

This is a reminder that the Friends of Baucau annual planning meeting and first meeting for 2020 will take place at 4.30 pm onwards on Thursday 20 February at the Edinburgh Gardens Community Room.

The program will begin at 4.30 with a review of what we have achieved against our strategic plan and then planning for our activities for 2019. We expect to have a draft plan ready for further discussion at the usual time of 6pm.

Catering will be provided!

Teaching Scholarships

Support Teacher Education in Baucau, Timor-Leste this Christmas.

Instead of a gift for your Kris Kringle give a donation on their behalf to our scholarship fund.

Higher education is unaffordable for most families in remote rural villages in Timor-Leste. It’s expensive to send young people away for teacher training and it’s especially difficult for girls.

Your donation this Christmas in lieu of a gift to a colleague will make a huge difference.

Catholic Institute of Teacher Education

Instituto Católico para a Formação de Professores (ICFP) Diocese de Baucau

In 1999 the Australian Marist Brothers were invited to establish an institute in Baucau to train teachers in Timor-Leste. In the beginning the Institute addressed the pressing needs of in-service training in physics, languages and school leadership among other areas. In 2003 the Institute began the three year program for a Bachelor of Teaching and by 2017, seventeen Institute staff had completed a Master of Education through ACU.

In 2018, a total of 630 students completed their studies and are now contributing to education and training across the country.

Donate by EFT to Friends of Baucau

BSB: 033 073  Account number: 395841

Please note ‘scholarships’ in reference and email your details for receipt

OR send a cheque or money order to: Friends of Baucau PO Box 484 Preston Vic 3072

For more information contact: Annie Keogh M: 0409 997 030 E:

Friends of Baucau support the development of Permaculture Practice

Following up a request from our Friends in Baucau, we are looking for ways to support local initiatives to promote greater use of permaculutre in household gardens and in school community gardens.

Recently, 10 young people from five Suco of Baucau Vila (Admin Post) attended the Perma Youth Camp, 26th Nov – 1st December 2018 ably led by the Peresident of the Baucau Friendship Association, Xefe of Samalari Suco, Rui Sequeira. Friends of Baucau collected funds to pay for their registration and transport and each of the participating Suco’s provided tools and equipment for their week long learning about Permaculture in Timor-Leste.

In Samalari Village many of the households have already introduced household vegetable gardens based on permaculture principles.  The hope is that these young people can support their respective villages to use permaculture in starting up or improving their household gardens.

Our second initiative for which we are collecting funds now is to establish a School Community Garden in Bucoli’s Basic Education Central School. Watch this space for more developments.

Lawn Bowls Fundraiser

Richmond Union Bowling Club 7.00pm on the 9th of November.
Come and enjoy a beer in the sun, throw some bowls down the lanes and boogie to local music. We’re raising funds for projects in Timor Leste!
All tickets will get you onto the lanes, some food in your hands and tunes in your ears. But for those who have a little more financial security please consider paying more for your ticket. Each ticket price level relates to costs within the project, to give you an idea of where your money is going. Get a ticket, share it around, bring a mate; this is about empowering our nearest neighbour Timor Leste!

Tickets and more info :

Film Night Fundraiser: Ladies in Black Thursday 27th September

Dear Friends

We would like to invite you to the Friends of Baucau Film Fund-Raiser ‘Ladies in Black’ at Palace Westgarth on Thursday September 27 at 6-30pm.

You may have seen it advertised already. If not here is the trailler for the film describing Bruce Beresford’s comedy drama Ladies in Black , based on Madeleine St John’s best-selling novel, The Women in Black.

In the summer of 1959, when the impact of European migration and the rise of women’s liberation is about to change Australia forever, a shy schoolgirl (Lisa) takes a summer job at the prestigious Sydney department store, Goode’s.
There she meets the “ladies in black”, who will change her life forever.

Please open to access further details and book your tickets with Try Booking ASAP or by Sunday Sept 23
Funds raised will support Timor – Leste women’s empowerment initiatives in communities of Baucau, the second largest municipality in Timor-Leste which shares a friendship association with Yarra and Darebin Councils.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could invite friends as well as promoting the event with your network contacts.

Friends of Baucau Congratulates Timor on Successful Elections

Friends of Baucau Inc. wishes to congratulate the people of Timor-Leste on the successful outcome of the recently held National Parliamentary Elections. The New Government, the Alliance of Change for Progress (AMP) won 49.6% of the votes and a clear majority of seats. This victory ends 10 months of a hung parliament due to the inability of the Fretilin Party to form a Majority Government at the last elections.

The election process, and hence the democratisation process continues to grow stronger in this new nation. Total voter turnout for this election was 80.86% up from 76.74% in the previous national parliamenary election and 98.27% of these votes were valid. The Fretilin Party won 34.18% of the votes and represents a formidable opposition with other minor parties, including PD and FDD also winning a place in the new Parliament.
Fidelis Magalhaes, an official from the alliance, said the result should break the deadlock and provide the people of Timor-Leste with the absolute majority in Parliament needed for continued and sustainable development of our country.

Our submission to the Joint Parliamentary Hearing on the CMATS Treaty

We are proud to inform readers that the Friends of Baucau made a submission to the Parliamentary hearing into the consequences of cancelling the Timor Sea Treaty. It was based on thorough research by Damian Kingsbury, and fine tuned at the eleventh hour by Damian, Chris Dureau (discharged from hospital that day after an operation) and Christine Perkins.

As a member of FoB, I am so grateful to have such knowledge, experience and passion driving our group to get important submissions like this done.

Please have a read of the submission listed under submitted ‘Friends of Baucau Inc.: CMATS submission