Australian govt funds $23k footpath for Vanuadina village

Sailosi Qalilawa (front) with Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes during the opening of their new footpath which is funded by the Australian government earlier today. Picture: VILIMAINA NAQELEVUKI

VILLAGES in Fiji are the backbone of the country and we’re very glad we are able to help in a small way in this wonderful village.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes said this while opening the newly constructed footpath at Vanuadina village in the province of Tailevu today.

The Australian government provided the funds worth $23,735 and Mr Feakes said he hoped that the footpaths would serve the villagers well.

“I hope once the rain comes back at the end of the year the footpath will serve this village well and again I thank you for this very warm welcome. It’s really touched my heart and I thank you all so very much,” Mr Feakes said.

Chairman of the development committee in Vanuadina village Vilikesa said they have had mobility issues in the past as it was a flood prone area.

“The project was a proposal of the development committee seeing that we are lying in the Rewa delta. It’s very hard to walk on the wet surface and you know that the wet weather and the mud causes a lot of problems for the villagers here mostly for young people they contract diseases and illness,” Mr Qalilawa said.

He said that the construction of the footpath took a total of 40 days to complete.

“We were fortunate that by 29th May we commenced the construction of the footpath it cost $23,735 which was given by the Australian government and the only contribution we gave was the labourers” he said.

“We constructed it ourselves and the ladies prepared our meals every day.”

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