Purpose built indigenous health facilities open in broken hill
By Andrew Burnes
28 January 2014
Residents in Bali’s Surat district have discovered a building that was supposed to be built into the ground at the site where the historic Surat Hill Church was abandoned. Instead, the development opened with the approval of a local tribal leader.
Bali is now the latest Asian country to be forced to abandon its historic church sites, the world’s largest in absolute scale, due to the growing number of illegal squatters who have taken advantage of the region’s poor infrastructure to establish temporary religious structures without permission.
Southeast Asia suffers from severe environmental degradation. Nearly a million hectares of pristine tropical forests are cut down each year, most of which are illegally cleared and converted into agricultural and industrial lands. This damage to the native wildlife, including tigers, is well documented and has resulted in a major loss of biodiversity.
At least 10 churches in Surat district, which borders Sumatra, have been demolished since the late 1970s as part of illegal forest clearing.
The Surat Hill Church complex, which was built between 1950 and 1971, has remained on the site since the 1970s when Surat City City Hall, a city-owned forest reserve, took over the construction work. When it was taken over, the church was expected to be demolished on New Year’s Day. However, the site, which was known as “Church of the Dead” when it was abandoned, has had the church’s distinctive stone building for more than half a century, and many belie카지노 사이트ve the church was erected be바카라cause it was built on top of the hill.
The church collapsed in 2006, leaving only the foundation standing.
A new one was supposed to be erected on top of the old one in 2009, but despite the lack of government funding, the owner is now seeking permission to build a new church on the site, according to local residents. “We got our blessing from the government and now it was only a matter of when or if we were going to let the land to the locals,” said Surat District Mayor Suryawan Pindarakaran in a press release on Saturday.
Suryawan added that he plans to start a public process to find a suitable community and religious environment for the church, whi우리카지노ch has suffered from encroachment, inadequate parking facilities, and overcrowding on the surrounding land.
The church’s original facade was destroyed after a storm in 2008 by forest workers that caused erosion of the stone foundation and other structural damage, whil