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Aussies Give Another $31 Million

Aussies Give Another $31 Million
April 21
10:13 2016

The Australian High Commissioner Margaret Twomey yesterday labelled Fiji a close friend and neighbour when announcing an additional $31 million (AUD 20 million) to support Fiji’s reconstruction efforts following the destruction of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“This additional package of assistance marks Australia’s ongoing commitment to assisting Fiji, our close friend and neighbour, following the tragedy and devastation of TC Winston,” Ms Twomey said in a statement announcing the assistance.

This comes in addition to Australia’s $23 million assistance package for immediate relief following the cyclone, bringing Australia’s total contribution to $54 million.

The funding will go towards the rebuilding of schools, health facilities and markets destroyed by TC Winston. It will also help to restore water and sanitation facilities damaged by the cyclone.

“Our focus is on helping communities to get their lives back to normal following the cyclone,” Ms Twomey said.

“That is why we will focus on rebuilding public infrastructure that is vital to restoring essential services.

“Children need to get back to school in safe buildings. People who are sick need to be able to visit their local health clinic. People need to buy and sell fresh produce at their local market. These are the types of infrastructure that Australia will help to rebuild.”

Ms Twomey said that Australia would ensure that it “builds back better”, so that any new infrastructure was resilient to future natural disasters and fully complied with Fiji’s building codes and standards.

Australia will work closely with the Government to prioritise infrastructure assistance, in line with the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment currently being developed.

“The Australian Defence Force is departing Fiji this week, as Fiji’s State of Natural Emergency draws to an end,” Ms Twomey said.

Source: Australian High Commission

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