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Australia gives additional $30 million to rebuild critical infrastructure

The Australian Government will provide an additional assistance amounting to more than $30million (AUS$20 million) to rebuild critical infrastructure and increase resilience to natural disasters in Fiji. This was announced today in a joint statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop and the Minister for Defence, Hon. Marise Payne. Today we announce a further […]

Australian Government

April 20, 2016 3:50 pm

The Australian Government will provide an additional assistance amounting to more than $30million (AUS$20 million) to rebuild critical infrastructure and increase resilience to natural disasters in Fiji.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop before her meeting with Ratu Inoke Kubuabola at the Grand Pacific Hotel this morning. Source: Peni Shute / Newswire.
The Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at the Grand Pacific Hotel during her recent visit to Fiji after TC Winston. (Peni Shute / Newswire)

This was announced today in a joint statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Julie Bishop and the Minister for Defence, Hon. Marise Payne.

Today we announce a further package of assistance to support Fiji in its reconstruction efforts following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

The funding will go towards the rebuilding of schools, health facilities and markets destroyed by TC Winston. It will also help to restore water and sanitation facilities damaged by the cyclone.

We will also work with the people of Fiji to repair damaged markets so farmers and market vendors can return to work and support their families, and rebuild accommodation facilities for women vendors. The new infrastructure will be designed to better withstand the impact of natural disasters.

This comes in addition to Australia’s FJD 23 million assistance package for immediate relief following the cyclone, bringing Australia’s total contribution to FJD 53 million.

As the declared State of Natural Disaster in Fiji comes to an end, the remaining Australian Defence Force contingent will depart from Fiji over the coming days. Over the past two months, at the request of the Fiji Government, approximately 1000 ADF personnel have provided extensive life-saving supplies, equipment and expertise to the people of Fiji.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, Margaret Twomey said the focus is on helping communities to get their lives back to normal following the cyclone.

That is why we will focus on rebuilding public infrastructure that is vital to restoring essential services.

The Australian Defence Force delivered over 140 tonnes of aid, carried out 340 infrastructure assessments and helped repair nine schools, three medical centres, five community centres and four churches.

Australia remains committed to supporting Fiji’s recovery and assisting our friends and neighbours in times of crisis.

Australia will allocate a further $FJD 15.1 million (AUD 10 million) to provide food, clean water, hygiene, and shelter to communities recovering from Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This was confirmed by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Julie Bishop today.

Hon. Julie Bishop said that Australia will provide additional assistance to Fiji as it responds to the devastation caused by the Tropical Cyclone Winston.

This contribution builds on earlier assistance which delivered lifesaving support to people across the country within 48 hours of the cyclone.

We will work closely with Fijian authorities to make urgent repairs to schools, medical clinics, and basic infrastructure.

The MP said that the  Australian Government will also provide further support to respond to urgent health needs of the Fijian people.

We are sending a further 16 medical professionals to supplement the six person Australian medical team already working with Fijian health officials.

This new package of support brings the Australian Government’s assistance for Fiji to $22.8 million [ AUD 15 million]

Funding is complemented by the ongoing work of the Australian Defence Force with HMAS Canberra, Australia’s largest navy vessel, scheduled to arrive in Fiji within the next 24 hours.

Australia is the largest contributor to the international relief effort, and we stand ready to provide further assistance to support the people of Fiji should it be required.

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