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Minister to attend Winston service

The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will be attending the Tropical Cyclone Winston service in Suva today. Cyclone Winston hit Fiji a year ago today,
20 Feb 2017 12:12
Minister to attend Winston service
The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells.

The Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will be attending the Tropical Cyclone Winston service in Suva today.

Cyclone Winston hit Fiji a year ago today, killing dozens and causing widespread destruction.

The Australian minister will attend the formal commemoration service at Albert Park at 10.45am.

In a statement, Ms Fierravanti-Wells said: “I will visit the Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) which, through the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is growing seedlings to help communities recover from Tropical Cyclone Winston.”

CePaCT plays a critical role for the Pacific in conserving and improving the genetic quality of key Pacific crops.

“I will announce the establishment of a permanent ACIAR office at the Australian High Commission in Suva, along with funding for CePaCT of up to $250,000 to help strengthen its technical capacity and its long term viability,” she said.

“I will also meet representatives of non-government organisations in Fiji who were instrumental in the distribution of Australian assistance after the cyclone.”

Ms Fierravanti-Wells arrived in the country yesterday and she would be in the country till tomorrow.

Help given to Fiji by Australian government in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston:

  •  Following the cyclone, Australia provided shelter, clean water, health care and temporary education facilities to over 200,000 people.
  •  An Australian medical team worked with Fijian doctors and nurses to treat over 1,700 people.
  •  Australian Defence Force planes transported 520 tonnes of supplies and equipment to Fiji and the Australian Navy vessel, HMAS Canberra, was deployed to the islands of Koro and Taveuni to repair damaged infrastructure.
  •  Through a $35 million package of assistance, Australia is continuing its work with the Fijian Government to repair and rebuild schools, health facilities and damaged markets, and restore water and sanitation services.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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