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New $629k Nausori Women’s Centre Opened

The new Nausori Women’s Accommodation Centre, a first of its kind for rural women market vendors, was opened yesterday. It was opened by the Australian Governor-General, David John Hurley, and the Acting Minister for Local Government, Faiyaz Koya. The accommodation centre, adjacent to the Nausori Municipal Market, was funded by the United Nations Women’s Markets for Change programme at a total cost of $629,380.
28 Apr 2022 12:02
New $629k Nausori Women’s Centre Opened
Nausori rural women market vendors following the opening of Nausori market women’s accommodation on April 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The new Nausori Women’s Accommodation Centre, a first of its kind for rural women market vendors, was opened yesterday.

It was opened by the Australian Governor-General, David John Hurley, and the Acting Minister for Local Government, Faiyaz Koya.

The accommodation centre, adjacent to the Nausori Municipal Market, was funded by the United Nations Women’s Markets for Change programme at a total cost of $629,380.

 

While officiating at the opening ceremony, Governor-General Hurley said the accommodation would be life changing for those who were in need of the facility for many years.

He also revealed that the Australian Government would continue to support the UN Markets for Change programme for the next five years for more projects that would benefit the empowerment of women.

He said the Australian Government was delighted to support the initiative and was delighted to see a project that was once talked about come to life.

 

Mr Koya, while speaking at the opening ceremony yesterday, said the investment would cater for 80 women vendors at any one time.

The accommodation will have:
Two floors. On the First Floor, there is a restroom area with special needs ensuite, shower facility, large dining area and two storage rooms.

 It will also host a large sleeping area of 142 square metres which can also be used for training, workshops and consultations.

 

Australian Governor-General, David John Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley with Nausori Town Council market staff on April 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Australian Governor-General, David John Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley with Nausori Town Council
market staff on April 27, 2022. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

“This will assist the council to generate additional income, which will eventually help subsidise the rate charged to the vendors and can be used for maintenance of the facility.”

“So in many ways, this grants vendors more than a safe nights’ sleep because you have at your disposal, a multi-purpose facility.”

Mr Koya said there would be an open area on the ground floor to host vendors selling outside or from under temporary tents.

 

“On behalf of the Fijian Government, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our Government partners, the Markets for Change and the UN family.”

“I know I don’t have to assure you of the positive impact you continue to create for the women of Fiji.”

“So vinaka vakalevu.”

 

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