Bali’s leading beach club venues have vowed to cooperate with local authorities following noise complaints and a public petition. Earlier this week, an online petition and open letter to industry and government leaders in Bali went viral. The complaints included late-night noise, drunken and disorderly behavior, and disrespect to local spiritual landmarks.
The petition quickly caught the attention of local leaders and, since going live, has massed over 8,000 signatures. On Wednesday, 14th September, an urgent meeting was held at the Bali Province Civil Service Offices. The meeting lasted two and a half hours and, in its conclusion, noted solutions and action steps to resolve the issues.
The Head of the Bali Province Civil Service, the Head of the Bali Tourism Office, the Head of the Environmental Agency, and traditional community leaders from Canggu and the surrounding villages attended the meeting.
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Leaders concluded that urgent action must be taken, including site visits and spot checks starting on Friday 16th September. The civil service and the police will be visiting beach clubs, nightclubs, bars, and other venues, making noise disturbances in the area.
The Head of the Bali Province Civil Service, Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi, set the new rules out clearly for business owners. He said, ‘We cannot immediately close the place of business. The foremost thing to do is carry out guidance to build a joint commitment to the improvement and development of tourism in Bali because Bali depends on the tourism sector’.
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With this in mind, ‘The decibel limit for sound is 70 decibels outdoors, and the maximum opening time is 01:00 WITA. That’s a maximum of all kinds of [venues]’ Dharmadi confirmed. Since this announcement, Canggu’s leading beach clubs have come forward to vow their cooperation with the new rules.
The public relations officer for newcomer to the scene, Atlas Beach Fest and Beach Club told reporters, ‘Surely we respect and follow what is directed by the government. Later, there will be socialization [meetings] first, there, we will learn together. We must obey’.
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Speaking on behalf of Finns Beach Club, Facility Director Wirjawan, said that the new rules benefited the business operations. Wirjawan explained, ‘[this is not a loss] it is actually an advantage, with this issue we will grow better. The solution is very good for our togetherness. We at Finns are already closed [at 1am}’. When asked about issues regarding the noise level, Wirjawan said, ‘The volume, it depends, we’re still working on it.
While Atlas and Finns are likely the first names that spring to mind when thinking about Canggu’s beach club offering, dozens more venues must comply with the new noise limits and closing times. Venues like Vault, Sand Bar, The Lawn, and other popular venues will be subject to spot checks.
Authorities have not listed specific venues that they will visit but have confirmed that they will respond to all noise complaints. Holidaymakers, short-term residents, and Canggu locals have been told to report noise complaints to the local police or the civil service.
Many people in the Canggu area have expressed their relief that action has been taken, while others fear that it is too little too late. Canggu has grown exponentially in recent years. The area has been catapulted from being a relaxed surfer hideaway and small coastal community to a fully-fledged party capital. Noise complaints are not the only issues coming to the surface in Canggu.
In recent months politicians have requested more funds from the provincial government to upgrade infrastructure like roads and drains to accommodate the ever-increasing number of people residing in the area.
Despite the issues that are hitting the headlines, Canggu remains Bali’s new party capital and shows no sign of slowing down. Beach clubs are bringing in tens of thousands of travelers from all over the world every month. The area has everything that many young, adventurous travelers are looking for. A world-class party scene, affordable accommodation, exceptional culinary culture, amazing beaches, and an increasingly international community to dive into.
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