September 7, 2016 2:00 pm

Southern Cross Road becomes Constitution Avenue

From today, the Southern Cross Road becomes Constitution Avenue. Southern Cross Road, the road opposite the new Albert Park Pavilion that runs along the side of the National Parliament, was today renamed to commemorate Constitution Day. President of the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote said: It is a permanent […]

From today, the Southern Cross Road becomes Constitution Avenue.

Southern Cross Road, the road opposite the new Albert Park Pavilion that runs along the side of the National Parliament, was today renamed to commemorate Constitution Day.

President of the Republic of Fiji His Excellency Major General (ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote said:

It is a permanent reminder of the critical importance of our Constitution in our national life and its critical importance to our democracy – the Parliament we elected under that Constitution at the general election two years ago next week.

Southern Cross Road – as many of you know – was named after the small plane that the great Australian aviator, Charles Kingsford Smith, landed here in Albert Park when he made the first Trans Pacific flight in 1928. But 88 years on, our Constitution is clearly more important. And the Southern Cross and Kingsford Smith’s remarkable feat will continue to be remembered in the plaque that stands at the corner of Albert Park facing Victoria Parade.