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Community celebrates Timor-Leste’s independence

By Katie Weiss

CDU International Projects and Operations Manager Sally-Anne Hodgetts addresses attendees at the 12th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste CDU International Projects and Operations Manager Sally-Anne Hodgetts addresses attendees at the 12th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste

More than 50 people have commemorated the independence of Timor-Leste at a Charles Darwin University event on Casuarina campus.

Representatives from the Timor-Leste Government and the Honorary Consul for Portugal joined CDU students and colleagues at the 12th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of Timor-Leste.

International Projects and Operations Manager Sally-Anne Hodgetts said in a speech that Timor-Leste was a strong partner and valued friend of both CDU and the Northern Territory.

“We are neighbours and friends,” Ms Hodgetts said.

“Our activities are many, but the goal is always the same - to build the capacity necessary for peace and prosperity.”

President of the Timorese Students Association in the Northern Territory, Delfim Ferreira, said the event acknowledged the many lives lost in Timor-Leste’s battle for independence.

“This day reminds Timorese people to continue working on developing our country,” he said.

“As Timorese people, we know we must strive, hand in hand, for the benefit of our country and our people.”