Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste is a small volunteer NGO with a friendship link to the Barique-Natarbora Sub District in Timor Leste. This subdistrict comprises five sucos (villages) located on the south coast and hills of East Timor. It is isolated and poorly serviced by roads, government services and NGOs (local or international). All volunteers travelling to East Timor pay their own way, and all monies donated are used to directly support the communities.
The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste was formed out of a resolution at a public meeting held on 28 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 goal of providing physical, financial, intellectual and practical support after consultation with the local community.
The Bega Valley Advocates for Timor-Leste was incorporated as a Not-for-Profit Organisation on 20 October 2004.
In October 2004, a Friendship Agreement was signed by Bega Valley Shire Council and the Bariqe-Natarbora Sub-District.
Every year to mark Timor Leste Independance Day, members of the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste and Council gather in Littleton Gardens for a symbolic flag raising ceremony.