Australian Embassy’s Deputy Head of Mission to visit Phuket


“Regional collaboration deepens Thailand-Australia relations”

Mr Simon Farbenbloom, Deputy Head of Mission of Australian Embassy Bangkok, will visit Phuket during 1-3 September 2011. 


09.00 – 10.00 hrs : The Srinagarindra the Princess Mother Phuket School Visit

Highlights – Planet Savers Australia is a team of highly experienced educators and consultants that help schools and their communities to create practical and achievable processes to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption as well as address the issue of climate change. Dr Peter Harris, Director of Planet Savers North, has been working with The Srinagarindra the Princess Mother School in Phuket through the Australia – Thailand Institute’s grants to enable students to undertake a water energy and waste audit which is an important action in developing a sense of sustainability in the school. The Srinagarindra the Princess Mother School Phuket, selected as a pilot school for this project, has established an environment centre located next to a mangrove swamp and two large waste incinerators. The leadership of the school is most enthusiastic about the project. On the day of this visit, there will be a launch ceremony for this sustainable school program. This visit will also allow us to experience the progress and significance of student actions in this cooperative effort which is of local, national and international importance.

Venue: Rattanakosin 200 pee road, Vichit Sub-district, Muang District, Phuket 83000
Information on Australia – Thailand Institute :


15.00 – 16.30 hrs : Phuket Lifeguard Education Center Site Visit

Highlights – In response to the high number of incidents of death by drowning on Phuket beaches, Australian surf lifesavers travelled to Phuket in the late 1990s to recruit locals to become lifesavers. In 2003, the first formal club, Phuket Lifeguard Club, was established. Lifeguard training programs continue to be provided by Australian surf lifesavers which are currently delivered at various resorts throughout Phuket. To enable the program to expand with the growing needs of the local/tourist population, the Australia -Thailand Institute provided a grant to establish Phuket Lifesaving Education Centre at Naiharn beach. The project represents collaboration between Phuket Lifeguard Club, Surf Life Saving Australia, and the Phuket Provincial Administrative Organisation. Other supporters include Bluescope Steel in Thailand for materials and engineering, harperdesign as architect/designer and Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. It is anticipated that this project will serve as a model for future centres at other beaches in Thailand and provide benefit to locals and visitors. The construction of the Centre is expected to commence later this year. This visit will enable us to meet and discuss with Phuket Lifesaving Education Centre President regarding the project plan.

Address : Phuket Lifesaving Education Center construction site – (currently a wrecked building in the middle of Nai Harn beach, Rawai, Muang.

Information on Australia – Thailand Institute :

19.00 hrs : Hucky Eichelmann & Anthony Garcia Thailand Tour 2011

Venue : Phuket Rajabhat University Theatre
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