Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste

The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste (BVATL) is a friendship group linked to the sub-district of Barique-Natarbora on the south coast of Timor-Leste (East Timor). The group is made up of volunteers whose aim is to foster and promote friendship between the people of the Bega Valley and the Barique-Natarbora. 

Volunteers fund their own trips to East Timor to support education, women's projects, health and music.


The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste was formed at a public meeting held in May 2004. The aim was to assist the people of our small neighbouring country to whom we owe a debt of honour for helping our soldiers during World War II. The charter for the group was  to "advocate for the people of East Timor" with the goals of forming friendships while providing financial, intellectual and practical support in consultation with the local community.

The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste was incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Organisation
on 20 October 2004 (INC9882607).

In September 2004, a Friendship Agreement was signed by Bega Valley Shire Council and the Bariqe-Natarbora Sub-District.


    • Join the group to be added to our email list to receive information on our activities, as well as information on other issues and projects happening in East Timor.
      Annual membership fee is $10 and can be paid in person at a meeting, by sending a cheque or by direct deposit (see details below).
    • Attend meetings which are held on the first Saturday of the month (except January & July) at Sapphire Coast Anglican College at 9:00 am.
    • Attend the flag raising ceremony held in Bega in May to celebrate East Timor's Independence Day.
    • Travel to East Timor and help out with a current project or volunteer for a Rotary team travelling there.
    • Support fund raisers such as Choirs for Timor held in Bega.
  • Make a donation. You can donate directly to BVATL:
    Commonwealth Bank Bega Account No: 10159048  BSB 062-505
    Please send an email to the address below if a direct deposit is made.
    Tax deductability through AOP is unfortunately no longer possible.

Contact us at:     PO Box 480 BEGA NSW 2550

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