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Presidential Palace where Tour HQ is based


It was my intention to work through August because this month is a huge one as far as Timor Leste goes.  The 30th is the 10 year celebration of their vote for independence (the 4th of September being the date the papers were signed) and that means there are huge plans for a party afoot.

 

I’ve already been working on the Traffic plan for an international mountain biking event, the “Tour de Timor”.  (check out= www.tourdetimor.com)

 

This begins on the 24th Aug and travels through 9 of the 13 districts.  It’s a concept that should see the country displayed to the world and if all goes as planned the world will see that Timor Leste is no longer the dangerous place it was in 2006.

 

As far as police operation planning goes it’s been a bit of a nightmare.  Typically we would like to have the bulk of the job done a month in advance but I was only told about this two weeks ago and the Race Director has only just arrived from Aussie on Monday.

Memorial to the May 2006 PNTL killed
  There’s a hell of a lot to organise in two weeks.

 

Then yesterday I was told of the celebration activities.  I was called to a meeting with a government department together with the Dili district Chief of Operations and the Close Protection Team Leader.

 

The meeting was at 4pm.  At 5.20pm I walked out of there having discovered the party will start on Saturday and won’t stop until 1st September.  There are events planned every day around Dili, starting with a street festival and ending with a fireworks display and all night dancing.

 

Now I could be a little annoyed at the prospect of devising a traffic management plan for a capital city holding events for the next two weeks, starting in 1 day, but I wasn’t. 

 

“What?!”  You say.  Has Chad had too much of that fabulous TL sun?  Is he the greatest Traffic Manager in the world?  You may well ask.  But the answer to those questions is a resounding “NO!”  The truth of the matter is I am off for the next 6 days and I get to walk away from this and worry about it all when I come back.

 

It’s not the way I would like to do things but the truth of the matter is Timor Leste is not going to grind to a halt because I’m not at my computer.  Actually, that might be just what it does but it would probably do that even if I was there, after all there will be dancing in the streets so traffic will have to stop!



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Presidential Palace where Tour HQ …
Presidential Palace where Tour HQ…
13 district monuments on harbour s…
13 district monuments on harbour …
Memorial to the May 2006 PNTL kill…
Memorial to the May 2006 PNTL kil…
Broom salesman
Broom salesman
Dili harbour
Dili harbour
Laundry and tyre repair
Laundry and tyre repair
Burnt out buildings on every street
Burnt out buildings on every street
Construction everywhere
Construction everywhere
Local fishermen
Local fishermen
Use for burnt building
Use for burnt building
Dirty feet after 1/2 day walking
Dirty feet after 1/2 day walking
Dili
photo by: jose28