Recent postings to stories on www.thebalitimes.com, and general comments about Bali:
From Very Concerned
As a very frequent visitor to Bali, sadly to say, the rot is setting in. The uneducated masses that clog the waterways with plastic and all sorts of matter, uncollected rubbish from the streets, septic water from over flowing canals, high fees for anything that is even remotely linked to a foreigner requiring any sort of work and now the rabies debacle. I have spoken to many banjars, “local representatives,” etc, but whenever a solution is put forward, the inevitable question follows: “What do I get from this?” It is absurd.
A majority, YES, majority of Indonesians in Bali, will not even assist to clean up their own island to support the very industry which keeps dollars coming back every month. Not enough is done at the local level to address this issue whatsoever. There are no local campaigns, no local-focused issue groups, NOTHING.
A warning: If Bali maintains its current course, water WILL be totally polluted, diseases (like rabies) will take fester in the growing mounds of rubbish around the island, beaches will become unusable and the planes will fly in to Bali completely empty.
BALI ACT NOW!
On rabies in Bali
Removing the stray dogs should reduce the amount of dog droppings on the paths around Kuta and Legian.
On anti-aging in Bali
From Obagi Gurl
We should better aim at treating the cause producing the symptoms.
On astronomers discovering the Milky Way has more mass and spins faster than previously thought
From Azra Daniel Francis
All this solar system and galaxy motions make celebrating anniversaries unintelligent because we are not in the same place or time-zone this year as we were last year.
On a possible second international airport for Bali
To build an airport in the north (extending this tiny little airfield there) is totally contradictory to all the promises of Eco-Friendly Tourism on Bali by the authorities.
Imagine jets on final approach over Pemuteran and surrounding villages, over the National Park and taking off over Menjangan Island.
Then we will have Bali joining the tourist destinations that exploit the resources of their country without thinking of their future.
The governor cannot possibly want that – the north is a special part of Bali: serenity, originality and peaceful, not as touristic-wasted as the south. The governor should promote eco-friendly tourism, especially in the north, not noise and jet-fuel pollution from a new airport there.
By preserving the nature up there, tourists would appreciate this and come in larger numbers, even to the north.
I cannot believe that the hotel owners in the north can be welcoming such an airport – it would kill their business.
Anyway, funding of such a airport will be difficult. It would never make profit – it’s simply too far from the touristic infrastructure of the south.
And space to build such a airport is simply not available. Concentrate on a area in the south. In my opinion, a good spot is still the Negara area in combination with a express road to downtown Denpasar. That would help – not a status symbol airport up north.
Talking about Bali infrastructure: everyone knows the island is crying out for its own electrical power station. How many more decades will pass before authorities grasp the nettle and do what has to be done? The last thing the island needs is another airport!
A second international airport is crazy thinking. The size, population and tourist potential does not warrant the cost.
What’s next? A third airport at Negara so that west Bali gets a better share of the tourist dollars?
If we want to spread the tourist dollars to Buleleng and Jembrana, the primary thing required is a reason to go there – an airport isn’t a reason.
* Bali is overloaded with “me too” tourist developments all making extravagant claims;
* Using 2008 and 2000 as the benchmarks, compare the percentage increase in hotel beds to the percentage increase in tourist numbers. (this can be applied to warungs, restaurants, prostitutes, “theme” parks, villas);
* Accept that development has outstripped potential;
* Accept that some areas do not have the potential to attract sustainable tourism.
So, some suggestions:
* A realistic tourism/zoning plan with more stringent new development requirements;
* Limiting new tourism developments in line with realistic increased projections of arrivals;
* A moratorium on new development to hopefully allow current projects to become viable.
And to return to the main subject – why not kill two birds with one stone? – forget an airport. Look at how the Sanur to Kusamba Road has revitalized East Bali. Why not commit funds to providing a similar road to Gilimanuk (God knows it needs it) and a northern road to either Seririt or Singaraja?
What about some incentives ($) for the many failed, unviable projects to return to food production? A few hotels and rice, grapes – looks a bloody sight better than deserted hotels and restaurants.Filed under: Opinion