Our Mission and Vision

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Our Mission

The Balibo House Trust honours the memories of the Balibo Five by working with the Balibo Community to enrich their lives.

We work to achieve our mission by:

  • Promoting early childhood education through the Balibó Five Kindergarten and the proposed Prep-Grade Two school at Belola.
  • Developing skills through the Balibó Community Learning Centre.
  • Creating employment and income through tourism at the historic Balibó Fort, Balibo Fort Hotel and Dental Clinic.
  • Improving the oral health of the Balibo community by providing free dental treatment and community education and preventative programs.
  • Fostering awareness of the significance of Balibó to relationships between Australia, Timor-Leste and Indonesia.
  • Maintaining a permanent memorial to the five journalists murdered at Balibó in 1975 and to the Balibó people murdered during the Indonesian occupation of Timor-Leste.

Generally, the Trust focusses its efforts on delivering strategic capital works and infrastructure that help to establish the foundations of a resilient local economy in Balibó, focusing on education, training, employment and heritage-based tourism.