Media release – Balibo Fort Hotel and Cultural and Heritage Centre launched – Balibo House Trust.

“BALIBO VISITOR ACCOMMODATION TO BOOST TOURISM, CREATE JOBS” The opening of the Balibo Fort Hotel and Cultural and Heritage Centre took place on Friday 20th. March at 10 am in Balibo, Timor Leste.  The visitor accommodation and centre at the historic Balibo fort was launched by the Minister for Planning and Strategic Investment, Xanana Gusmao. ‘This […]

Sad news

Balibó House Trust today received the very sad news of the untimely and early passing of the Balibó Community Learning Centre’s dedicated English teacher Leo in Maliana hospital.  Our thoughts and most sincere condolences are with Leo’s family and the community of Balibó.

“Light offsets darkness” – the work of the Trust celebrated in print

Two of Australia’s largest newspapers, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, have featured the work of Balibó House Trust in their flagship weekend publications. You can read the article online here: or view a scanned copy of the article (copyright Fairfax Media) here: Balibo House Trust_SMH-Age_October_2013

Remembering the Balibó Five, 38 years on

Today, we honour the sacrifices and celebrate the lives of Garry Cunningham, Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie, Greg Shackleton and Tony Stewart on the 38th anniversary of their murders. The five men were murdered in Balibó by Indonesian forces on October 16th, 1975 to prevent them from reporting on that country’s impending invasion of Timor-Leste. Fellow journalist Roger […]

Shirley Shackleton awarded the Order of Timor-Leste Medal

Shirley Shackleton has been awarded one of Timor-Leste’s highest honours, the Order of Timor-Leste Medal, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to peace and humanity in the country.  The Honourable Tom Uren AC, was also awarded the Order of Timor-Leste Medal, which was accepted on his behalf by his son, Mick. The Ordem de Timor-Leste Medalha was […]

Scholarships help Balibó teachers build their skills

Balibó Five Kindergarten teachers Maria Lake and Odete da Silva have been given the opportunity to enhance their teaching skills, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Dili chapter of the Hash House Harriers. Maria and Odete travelled to Dili for the five-day workshop, run as part of the Sister Aurora education program.  The program builds the teacher skills,a s […]

Hospitality and catering skills? Advantage: Balibó!

Balibó House Trust is delighted to welcome Advantage Commercial Kitchens as a major supporter of the Balibó fort project. Plans for the Balibó fort restoration include a café for local people and visitors to Balibó. Advantage will donate the equipment and expertise needed to install a high-quality commercial kitchen to make the café a success. Aside […]