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Voters Demand More Park Space and Beach Access from Gubernatorial Candidate

(3/11/2018) In the course of Bali’s ongoing gubernatorial race, the public are using campaign meetings with candidates to voice their concerns and dissatisfaction with the current public-use land situation in Bali.

As reported by, the thousands attending a recent rally for candidate Wayan Koster voiced their unhappiness on the lack of land in Denpasar set aside for social and recreational activities in the midst of the city’s rapid development and the difficulty of gaining access to local beachfronts for Balinese ceremonies.

Koster, who is standing for governor in the June 27th elections, said that the Province of Bali holds substantial tracts of land in Bali’s capital of Denpasar that could be diverted for building banjar halls, temples, community health centers, and the construction of schools. He promised that, if elected, land would immediately granted by the province to such public projects.

The candidate also said that he would develop the Padanggalak beach area to be used to provide beach access for religious ceremonies. He pledged to approach the Ministry of Forestry to secure beach access through protected forests to coastlines in order to be used for religious practice.