Coffs Coast students still plan Bali holiday
COFFS Coast students are still planning to jet off to Bali later this month - with yesterday's execution of the three Bali Bombers not putting them off.
Six years on from those horrific bombings, Muklas, Amrozi and Imam Samudra were finally put before the firing squad in the early hours of yesterday morning.
And while the executions have brought relief to the families of victims, they have also sparked new safety concerns for the region - something school leavers planning to celebrate their freedom on the island are devastated about.
More than 100 students from the Coffs Coast had reportedly planned to spend their schoolie celebrations in Bali, all of which are now in doubt.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade had reissued their warning yesterday, urging people to reconsider travel to the region “due to the very high threat of terrorist attack”.
But because the security warning still has not been upgraded to 'do not travel', students risk losing their money - up to $1600 - if they choose not to go.
Woolgoolga High School student Hollie Burgess spoke to the Coffs Coast Advocate last week about her concerns, which have understandably heightened since the execution early yesterday morning.
“At this stage I'm still going, but a couple of my friends have pulled out. We just have to wait and see.”
“I'm hoping by the time we leave, that if anything was going to happen, there'd be some kind of sign,” she said.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith yesterday expressed his concern for schoolies heading to Bali, and urged them to reconsider.
“We are worried about the prospect of the supporters of the Bali bombers engaging in either demonstrations or reprisals,“ he said.
“We continue to have credible information that terrorists may be planning attacks in Indonesia.”
He urged all Australian tourists to avoid the beaches, bars and malls in all parts of Indonesia.
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