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Partnership To See Senior Citizens Park Development

Partnership To See  Senior Citizens Park Development
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar.
July 06
11:17 2015

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has partnered the Lami Town Council to build a modern facility in Lami, which will incorporate a new park for the senior citizens.

A meeting was held between Minister Rosy Akbar and Lami Town Council special administrator Jasper Singh at the ministry’s headquarters in Suva to discuss the issue.

Mr Singh said the facility would be built through extending the Tikaram Park in Lami.

“The council has received positive support from stakeholders into developing this park, which will have a modern look yet maintain traditional Fijian architecture designs as well. The facilities in the park will be very user friendly to senior citizens and disabled persons,” he said.

“It will house the recreational facilities, like an outdoor cinema. Some of the other key facilities available at the senior citizens park would be barbecue area, water fountains, swimming pool, walkways, public convenience, changing room, swimming pool, benches, car parks, solar street lights, with the possibility of having free wi-fi internet access in the park.”

Mr Singh said construction work was expected to start next month.

“The council is looking forward for partnership with various stakeholders, to get a local concept for this park. There are plans to have a lookout bay overseeing the views of Suva City. The plan is to have the new park ready by Christmas this year,” he explained.

Ms Akbar acknowledged the Lami Town Council for coming up with this plan to develop such a unique facility for senior citizens.

“This is a wonderful project and it complements the ministry’s vision on creating an inclusive and enabling society for senior citizens in Fiji. As part of our partnership, the ministry will liaise with its existing stakeholders to look at ways it can contribute towards supporting this initiative,” she said.

“The National Council for Older Persons looks forward for increased partnership with town councils and Ministry of Local Government to develop similar facilities to meet the aspirations of senior citizens in Fiji.”

The National Council for Older Persons (NCOP) was established in July last year and it’s an umbrella body that incorporates the services of all the Non-Government Organisations, Faith Based Organisations working for the empowerment of senior citizens in Fiji.

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