Bali bombing memorial to go ahead after health minister intervenes

A memorial for victims of the 2002 Bali bombings will go ahead next month after intervention from the New South Wales Health Minister.

The initial application for an exemption to hold the yearly ceremony with 100 people on October 12 was rejected by NSW Health.

However, Brad Hazzard intervened and overruled the decision made by his department, allowing the event to go ahead, 2GB reported.

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This year is the 19th anniversary of the deadly 2002 attacks in the tourist district of Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Eighty-eight Australians were killed, including six members of the Coogee Dolphins Rugby League club.

Coogee Dolphins President Paul Vanni told 2GB’s Chris Smith this morning the memorial is important to the community.

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“The actual service is hosted by Randwick City Council … it’s been conducted every single year since the Bali bombing,” Mr Vanni said.

“We’re so proud and we’re so happy that it’s going to go on, and from the club’s perspective, it means so much.

“We lost six of our guys in Bali, and Australia lost 88 people.

“It’s a time for us to remember those guys, our friends who passed away but also celebrate the resilience of the Australian way of life,” Mr Vanni said.

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