The owners of the Sari Club site, which has remained vacant since the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, have agreed to sell the land to make way for a memorial park — but it is not a done deal yet.
- Sari Club land owners want compensation for lost business on top of sale of the site
- A spokesperson for the Bali Peace Park Association says he was disappointed and “not optimistic”
- The site has remained vacant for most of the 17 years since a car bomb killed 202 people
The decision to sell the land for $4.9 million was made after a meeting with members of the Bali Peace Park Association, which lasted several hours.
The deal has not yet been finalised, with the owners also wanting compensation for the ongoing loss to their business.
A spokesperson for the Bali Peace Park Association said he was disappointed and “not optimistic”.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster had offered the land owners an alternative site about 1.5 kilometres from the bombing, in exchange for the Sari Club plot, which would then be freed to be turned into a memorial park.
It came as a compromise offering to Sukamto Tjia, who had owned the site in Kuta since 1997.
He said he had long been open to selling the now-vacant land to the Bali Peace Park Association, an Australia-based organisation representing survivors of the 2002 bombings. But years of talks went nowhere, and now he wants to develop the site.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was under pressure to intervene in the discussions, slamming the decision by Indonesian authorities to approve the multi-storey development, describing it as “deeply distressing”.
The site has remained vacant for most of the 17 years since a car bomb tore apart the Sari Club in October 2002, moments after another bomb exploded at nearby Paddy’s Bar.
The attacks killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.