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New access road for Homes of Hope refuge is huge: Roche

Major rehabilitation work at Wailoku’s Homes of Hope private road has significantly improved access to its facilities. This is according to Fulton Hogan Hiways Contract manager, Craig McNeilly. Homes of
21 Dec 2017 11:00
New  access road for Homes of Hope refuge is huge: Roche
The rehabilitation of Homes of Hope road access. Photo: Fulton Hogan Hiways

Major rehabilitation work at Wailoku’s Homes of Hope private road has significantly improved access to its facilities.

This is according to Fulton Hogan Hiways Contract manager, Craig McNeilly.

Homes of Hope is a locally owned refuge established in 1996 for “high trauma individuals” – young women and children, victims of abuse and violence.

Fulton Hogan Hiways volunteered to help in the upgrading of the 240-metre road.  Work involved shaping, grading, compacting and metalling its surface as well as 400 metres of drainage.

Homes of Hope director Lynnie Roche said: “It’s quite hilly here and because it rains so much, the soil erodes from the road surface often leaving it impassable for vehicles.

“If any of our girls have to go to a health care facility, there are times when we find it is extremely difficult to get transportation. What Fulton Hogan Hiways has done for us is huge.”

In addition to accommodation for up to 26 girls and children, the refuge also operates sheep, piggery and tilapia fish farms.

Mr McNeilly said that the FHH was happy for the opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of those living at Homes of Hope. He also thanked Standard Concrete for contributing the cement, sand and gravel needed for the upgrading of the road.

 

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