New Nightclub for Sari Site

mini-downtown-kuta-217As I settled down with a cuppa last night to watch the evening news, I was even more disgusted to watch the report that I had read about in the morning paper – a new nightclub is being planned for the sacred Sari Club bomb site and an application to build a nightclub and restaurant complex on the land has already been lodged with the relevant planning authorities. Disgusting and sacrilegious as this is in the minds of westerners, and especially those who lost loved ones on that fateful night, unfortunately it seems our words of protest will fall on deaf ears or even worse, be laughed at. The differences and attitudes between our culture and that of the Balinese, and in fact the rest of Indonesia, are vast regarding loved ones who have passed away.

The man who holds the lease over the land, Kadek Wiranatha, is resolute in his plan and unmoved regardless of protests and objections from the organisers of the Bali Peace Park and that of the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd. According to the report in the Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Wiranatha has told the Australian organisers behind the Bali Peace Park of his plans, rebuffing their pleas to meet them and hear of their idea for a garden of remembrance on the site.

The Sari Club where many Australians lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the Kuta tourist strip in Bali in 2002 is a sacred site in many people’s eyes and not just those of Australians. Kevin Rudd was quoted as saying ”When it comes to the future of that site, we shouldn’t have anything which allows people to trample on the memories of those who tragically lost their lives in Bali,”




The idea proposed by the Bali Peace Park Group has always been the best idea for that site. They wanted to buy or lease the land and hand it over to a trust run by Balinese, who would manage the garden. This concept itself is perfect. It would not only be a place for paying tribute and a place of prayer and solitude for the relatives of loved ones who lost their lives that night, it would also be a place for international travellers and tourists to pay their respects when they visited Bali.

Let me know what you think of this proposed nightclub being erected on the Sari site.


5 thoughts on “New Nightclub for Sari Site

  • Frank Bibby

    Hi Barrie
    It surely is an emotive issue for many people not just Australians. I was one of the “original” Sari Club devotees. I and my many mates spent half our Bali Life there. I was a disciple as it were when it first opened. I possess many of the old singlets, T Shirts etc one used to obtain by swapping your beer cards. Many of the wonderful people I have met in the SARI CLUB, their faces and personalities are still etched in my memory. Indeed I still keep in touch with an American lady I met in the Club in 1987. By some strange Karma, I did not visit Bali that month when the trajedy occured One can never forget what happened I never will. But my memories of happier times are reflected more when I actually pass the empty site. For me I will be able to better pay my respects to the ones who suffered so much on that fateful evening in 2002 if a Club is rebuilt on the site. We must move forward. We can and will remember. We will never forget. The “re-opening” of a CLUB ON THE SITE will have a dual purpose for me. It will be one of remembrance for the victims and an act of renewal where good times will be restored. I am sure the people who perished and suffered would want that. I may be wrong. Hopefully I’m not


  • bradford

    HUUUUUUUMMMMMM???? My best friends died in that bomb. I think that i might have to agree with Frank. ” We must move forward. We can and will remember. We will never forget.”

    I think my friend “Joe” Milligan would want it that way: The place was a great time, that is why they were there!!!!??? What is the opinion of the people of Bali??? It is their land and community, which is paramount issue.

  • Steve

    The last time i looked they were parking motorbikes on the site, so i hope they do something soon.
    They built on Paddys site so its obvious as to what will happen.Money will be one factor,for sure as to the outcome.

  • Cerri

    Well what about Mr FInn who has put six years of life into this project, none of these Australians have contributed a single cent in getting this off the ground in fact they only have been on it for the last 5 minutes,and anyone who read the article in the Bali advertisor will know that Phil Britten told a whole lot of lies, then turn the page and mentions Mr Finn who has driven this project, clearly this
    is now got everybody clammering for there 15 minutes, at least with Mr Finn he was doing this with passion not these current individuals sitting on this board who have no real understanding of this, clearly the comments that Phil Britten has made over the last 12 months show, quote from him
    “this was an attack on Westerners and attack on Australia” or this is a graveyard grow up Britten.
    Show the Balinese some respect instead of your own self interest or may be you should compensate Mr Finn for his work over the last 6 years instead of leaving him financially ruined and stabbing him in the back !

  • Carl "I'm not an American" Wall

    While vacationing in Perth in ’02, I took a side trip to Bali, and partied like a lot of people at the Sari club. I met a lot of great people while there, and was shocked when I heard what had happened. I doubt that anyone of the people lost in this tragedy would want to see the site become a shrine or memorial, but would rather it open as another night club. I know the Balinese remember or celebrate their dead differently than us from the west, and I hope the owner/manager of the new club will respect this and devote an appropriate area within the new club to remember the innocent who lost their lives, not just the patrons but also his staff and tourists.

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