Posted By Staff Reporter
The Prime Minister, Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has assured Defence Force families that the national government will deliver improved infrastructure at all military bases.
The Prime Minister made the remarks at the re-opening of the Taurama Barracks swimming pool on 14 July.
“Our Defence families endure a lot of challenges while they are providing service and defending the interests of our nation.
“For decades we had been hearing of the need to improve Defence facilities.
“Over the past two years the Government has been delivering on this promise and we have made significant progress.
“Defence Force personnel need buildings and roads that enable them to get their jobs done, and provide comfort for their families.
“I give you the commitment that before 2017, the Government will rebuild barracks throughout the country.
“The government is rebuilding the infrastructure of our country, and defence facilities are an important part of this ongoing national development.
“We are repairing roads, and refurbishing existing buildings or constructing new ones where this is required. This includes improving recreational facilities such as pools and gymnasiums.
“This construction work is an important intervention and the first real action taken in rebuilding Defence Force facilities for a long time.
“Roads within defence facilities are a propriety and are currently being repaired at Taurama and Murray Barracks.
“There is also a program underway right now that follows through on a commitment to deliver white goods to Defence Force houses.
“The Defence Minister and the Commander are ensuring that houses are properly equipped with fridges, cooking appliances and washing machines.”
The Prime Minister said that the Taurama Barracks swimming pool is a good example of what can be accomplished through appropriate planning and coordination.
“It is my pleasure to open this pool today, which has been a joint project between the Defence Force and the PNG Sports Foundation.
“The pool will be used for the South Pacific Games next year and will then continue to be enjoyed by military personnel and their families for decades to come.
“The SP games gives us the opportunity to undertake construction such as this pool.
“Construction schedules are on target and we will have these facilities ready for the start of the games in less than one year.”
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