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Park Ready To Host 1st Constitution Day

Aptly described by the Prime Minister as the green heart of our capital, the project cost $17 million   The iconic ground where 46 years ago our independence came into
06 Sep 2016 10:29
Park Ready To Host 1st Constitution Day
The redeveloped Albert park and pavillion. Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Aptly described by the Prime Minister as the green heart of our capital, the project cost $17 million

 

The iconic ground where 46 years ago our independence came into being was reopened  last night by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

Albert Park Pavilion and Ground were  aptly described by the Prime Minister as the green heart of our capital. The project cost $17 million.

Mr Bainimarama delivered a moving speech on the rich history of Albert Park, its significant links with Government Buildings, the Grand Pacific Hotel, Thurston Gardens and State House.

“The revival of our State Precinct – the site of our independence and so many momentous events – is almost complete,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“All that remains is the refurbishment of Thurston Gardens and the work being done at the State House to enable its grounds to also be open to the public.

“Over the years, countless Fijians have walked this ground or played on this ground. Whether it is the sporting events that have always taken place here or the Hibiscus Festival held here from 1956 until just a couple of years ago.

“Countless numbers of Fijians over the years have also been present to witness the great occasions of State and the military parades that are a treasured part of our national life. The anniversary of Cession Day before 1970 and Independence Day since.

“In two days’ time, we will again gather here to celebrate our first Constitution Day. To commemorate the date in 2013 that our Supreme Law and the blueprint for our new democracy came into being.

“The Constitution that gives us the political, social and economic rights every Fijian now takes for granted. And in precisely five week’s time – on Monday, October the 10th – we will celebrate our 47 th Independence Day.

“And the first in which we will be able to properly accommodate our dignitaries and guests in this world-class facility.

“I gaze out on this wonderful scene, someone like me who is old enough to remember the birth of our nation here in 1970 is filled with pride.

“Many of us were pained by the neglect and decay that had robbed this place of its splendour. But at last, we have not only restored it to its former glory. We have made it better by bringing it into the modern age.

“With a redeveloped ground and new facilities that we can all enjoy now and is worthy of the generations to come.”

Mr Bainimarama acknowledged the work of those involved in the redevelopment of the site that was named after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert when Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874.

“To all those involved in the project – the Ministry of Local Government, the Suva City Council, the project manager, architects, engineers, turf specialists and the Yanjian Group (Fiji) that constructed the pavilion vinaka vakalevu. This is yet another project that has enhanced our capital and made us proud.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  arieta.vaksukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 



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