Telephone Service Outage 21/04/2017

The Consulate of General of Sri Lanka in Melbourne wishes to inform the public that the telephone service of the Consulate office is out of service since 21 April 2017 due to a technical fault.

The service provider, Telstra, has informed that this fault is affecting part of Albert Park, St Kilda Road area including entire building of St. Kilda Road Towers where the Consulate is located.

Telstra is trying to reinstate the telephone service in the area.

The Consulate requests the public to bear the inconvenience being caused patiently. The Consulate can be contacted on the email:

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Australia

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe will undertake an Official Visit to Australia
from 13 – 17 February 2017 at the invitation of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbuil.

The visit comes in the 70th anniversary year of Sri Lanka – Australia diplomatic relations. Prime
Minister Turnbull will host a reception to mark the occasion at Parliament House in Canberra.

The two Prime Ministers will hold bilateral discussions on 15 February 2017 where a range of
issues including trade and investment, education, agriculture, security, technology, sports etc.
are expected to be covered. The talks will also focus on regional and international cooperation
including within the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). Foreign Minister Julie Bishop,
Immigration and Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton, Industry, Innovation and Science
Minister Arthur Sinodinos, and the Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten are also scheduled to
call on the visiting Prime Minister.

The two Prime Ministers will also participate at a T20 Cricket match between the visiting Sri
Lankan team and the Australian Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra to mark the
70 anniversary of Diplomatic Relations. The match will be preceded by a dinner in honour of
the Sri Lankan Prime Minister hosted by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe will be greeted in Victoria by Governor Her Excellency the
Honourable Linda Dessau. The Prime Minster will attend the Deakin University Graduation
Ceremony in Geelong and also deliver the Law Oration at Deakin Law School in Melbourne.
Premier Daniel Andrews and State Minister for Trade, Small Business and International
Education Philip Dalidakis are also expected to call on him.

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister will interact with prominent business leaders both in Canberra
and Melbourne, during luncheon meetings hosted by Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner
Somasundaram Skandakumar and Victorian State Minister for Trade, Small Business and
International Education Philip Dalidakis, respectively.

Prime Minister Wickremesighe will be accompanied by Prof Maithree Wickramasinghe, and a
delegation comprising Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Wijayamuni
Zoysa, Minister of Ports and Shipping Arjuna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Harsha De Silva and Secretary to the Prime Minister Saman Ekanayake.

Sri Lanka High Commissioner/Canberra
Consulate General of Sri Lanka/Melbourne
13 February 2017

The official website of Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.

Adopt a Village Market

The pola or santhai is a weekly village market that plays an important role in rural life in Sri Lanka. It is a meeting place for the community and also serves as the backbone of rural economies. A sizeable amount of retail trade takes place at village fairs. By helping to modernize and build capacity in village markets, the Government of Sri Lanka intends to boost rural economies throughout the island.

This website provides a mechanism to link those who want to help develop Sri Lanka directly with village markets in need of essential infrastructure, especially in rural communities around the island. This initiative is about making it easy for donors to fund micro-projects in Sri Lanka, projects that will make a big impact in the lives of many.

The needs of individual village markets are listed, along with the cost of each upgrade. Village markets that receive funds are obligated to follow up on the progress of each micro-project. Photographs of the completed micro-project will be uploaded on to the website to maximize transparency.

For further information please visit Village Market