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Sports Facility Supports Economic Growth: PM

Sports Facility Supports Economic Growth: PM
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Tui Savusavu Ratu Molea Naulu uneviling the plaque at Ganilau park on July 4, 2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka
July 05
10:18 2018

The development of sports facili­ties is all part of supporting the anticipated economic growth in Savusavu.

While opening the renovated Ganilau Park yesterday , Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said Savusavu Town had grown rapidly over the years and in the past 10 years an unprecedented growth had been noticed.

“This includes the new building struc­tures and resorts being developed. The town is expected to economically grow in years to come with the arrival of su­per yachts,” he said.

“Ganilau Park is historical and my Government sees the importance in investing through such projects to ad­vance the township development in the areas for sports and events.

“The town council record shows that the park was gifted by Thomas Fenton, Hanshines Fiji Limited and Methodist Church of Fiji in 1978 and titles were handed over to the council in 2007.

“Since 1978 the park has played host to a number of events and social activi­ties including international games,” Bainimarama said.

He said the council requested the Gov­ernment to assist with the redevelop­ment project and immediately stepped in the:

“Construction of a 2000 standard tim­ber sitting pavilion with change-room facilities, which shall replace the dam­aged 250 sitting capacity pavilion;

“Construction of the enclosure to the park replacing the damaged two sided enclosure.

“Total funds released by the Govern­ment is $300,000 second phase includes perimeter fencing and floodlights as­sisting local games and training.

“Grant given by the Government for this phase is $64,000,”he said.

Bainimarama said Ganilau Park nur­tured legends.

“The promotion of sports requires in­novative infrastructure development and Government has every intention and commitment to advance sports in­frastructure development in all towns and cities.

“This will ensure that our young peo­ple have facilities to play and of course watch world class tournaments.

“This park is the home ground for the people of Cakaudrove. “This ground has also played host to a number of Northern rallies where famous rugby players were selected including Save­naca Rawaca, Rupeni Caucau, William Ryder and the current Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai.

“Several national football stars have advanced their career through this ground and some of the names that come to mind include Satya Singh Koko, Pritam Singh Koko, Steven An­drews, Johnny Andrews, Albert An­drews, James Chetty, Sundresan Chetty.

“This ground has developed notable athletes like Benamino Maravu 100 me­tres blue ribbon champion, Sera Tui­nalase and former Pacific sprint queen Makalesi Bulikiobo.

“Savusavu has a great potential to grow and my Government will contin­ue to foster good health and wellbeing of every Fijian,” he said.

Bainimarama returns to Suva today after his four-day tour of the Northern Division.

Edited by Percy Kean


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