Bali bombing remembered

Memorial at Allambe marks two years since tragedyTODAY marks the two-year anniversary of the Bali bomb tragedy with many people making a pilgrimage to the Bali Bomb memorial site in Allambe Memorial Park, Nerang.

This memorial service, to be held at 5pm today, has been arranged in conjunction with Geoffrey Thwaites, father of Robert Thwaites who lost his life in the terrorist attack.

The Allambe Memorial Park service will be the only official service being held in Queensland to mark the lives of those lost.

The Bali Bomb memorial site in the Allambe Memorial Park features a bronze plaque with the names of the 88 Australians who died in the Bali attack.

Among those who died were seven Queenslanders including locals Robert Thwaites and Billy Hardy. The other Queenslanders are David Kent, Nathan Swain, Jared Gane, Jodie Cearns and Julie Stevenson, and they will also be mentioned within the service.

Allambe Memorial Park Bali Bomb memorial was dedicated in a ceremony last year by Her Excellency, the Gover- nor of Queensland, Quentin Bryce.

Concerns about the importance of the service being deminished by the federal election have been misplaced, with the Allambe Memorial Park receiving many phone calls in recent weeks inquiring about the remembrance service.

"The number of inquiries is an indicator that this is an important event for those affected by the tragedy and for the local community," said regional manager Julie Burke.

The monument is supported by the Zero to One Foundation, which was founded by Geoffrey and Syamsinar Thwaites, parents of Robert Thwaites.

The Zero to One Foundation aims to provide direct relief and assistance to victims of terrorism and their immediate family and dependents.

Governor Quentin Bryce said the five-metre high concrete monument designed and built in Bali, "speaks of the triumph of good over evil and of the need to remember and to achieve peace".

The Bali blast killed 202 people from 22 countries.

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