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Work Begins On New Lautoka Aquatic Centre

Lautoka City plays a very crucial role in the development of our nation. So it is only fitting that the people of Lautoka also enjoy modern facilities such as this
05 May 2017 18:11
Work Begins On New Lautoka Aquatic Centre
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment and Transport Parveen Bala with guests and school children at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 4, 2017. Photo: Charles Chambers

Lautoka City plays a very crucial role in the development of our nation. So it is only fitting that the people of Lautoka also enjoy modern facilities such as this new $7.3 million Aquatic Centre.

The comments were made by the Minister for Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment and Transport, Parveen Bala, during the ground breaking ceremony for the new Aquatic Centre.

The Aquatic Centre will house an Olympic standard – 50 metres x 10 lanes competition pool, a 25 metres x eight lanes warm up pool and a children’s pool.

“The Aquatic Centre is another project of your Fiji First government. It underpins the Government’s commitment to provide better service, facilities and infrastructure for all Fijian citizens,” Mr Bala said.

“The second phase of the project will see the construction of a modern pavilion which will allow the hosting of international swimming competitions.

Mr Bala said the importance of this project and why government decided to invest in it was because:

Between the year 2005 and 2015, a total of 482 cases of drowning was recoded in our country and sadly 25% of those were children below the age of 10. Many of those who drowned did not have basic swimming skills. And if this project will help save lives from drowning, the investment is worth it all.

To ensure that our children acquire basic swimming skills. The Government is encouraging schools to take up swimming classes. And for Lautoka schools, you cannot ask for any better venue for your training than the new Aquatic Centre which is also ideally located as it is surrounded by schools.

We all understand the devastating effects of Non Communicable Disease in our community. It is pleasing to note that a lot of emphasis is being carried out by agencies, Government departments and other interested parties in combating NCD’s.

Swimming is generally recommended as a way of keeping fit and healthy. We trust that the new Aquatic Centre will attract people from all over Lautoka and the greater Western Division not only for recreational and leisure activities but also to keep them fit, healthy and lively.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: charles.chambers@fijisun.com.fj



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