TC Winston

Australian defence force commends Fiji’s recovery

Fiji has progressed well in terms of response and recovery following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Speaking last night at the Grand Pacific Hotel was the Commander Joint Tak Force 635, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill, he said that he will take back with him fond memories of Fiji. It’s always nice how every people […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 14, 2016 12:02 pm

Fiji has progressed well in terms of response and recovery following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Winston.

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Australia Defence Force, Commander Joint Tak Force 635, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

Speaking last night at the Grand Pacific Hotel was the Commander Joint Tak Force 635, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill, he said that he will take back with him fond memories of Fiji.

It’s always nice how every people in Fiji always greet with you a smile and a warm ‘Bula’. As been mentioned we have been here since two days after TC Winston and it’s nearly two months ago. As also being mentioned it has been some of the busy two months for us.

Lieutenant Hill said during their rehabilitation works the ADF has conducted a total of three hundred and forty-six engineer building assessments around Fiji.

This included the conduct of some 346 engineer building assessments, repaired 9 schools and 2 medical centres, a hospital and 5 community centres and 4 churches, most importantly it’s always because of the people.

Lieutenant Hill said he appreciated the Fijian people especially the people of Koro Island.

The resilience and the way we were greeted with in Koro and the way how the people of Koro is moving forward is quite appreciative to see.

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Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Australian High Commissioner, Margaret Twomey  said that neighbourhood diplomacy is quite a challenging one.

When tropical cyclone Winston struck we respond quickly because that what neighbours do and we hope that we’ll expect the same from Fiji. Neighbour diplomacy is a much more challenging one and you got tricky things you have to do. You go to know who are your neighbours and you have to learn how to work with them. A great thing about being a neighbour, the government will back you and they’ll  give you big bucks that we don’t have a lot right now in Australia but we trying to help Fiji in many ways and when there is a need we will respond with the help you need.

High Commissioner Twomey added for Fiji to be rest assured despite the Australian troops heading back home.

Rest assured as when the people in uniform go back home, we will continue to help you in this, Australia’s commitment remains the same and we will continue to work with the government of Fiji, trying to get Fiji back to its feet.

Member of the Australia Defence Force,PTE Watts and PTE Coluley (Peni Shute/Newswire).
Two Female members of the Australia Defence Force, PTE Watts and PTE Coluley holding up their Fijian Made T-Shirts last night. (Peni Shute/Newswire).

Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management,Mr Inia Seruiratu thanked the Australian for their contribution.

I as part of the government would like to thank the Australian Government and Australian Defence Force for their rehabilitation work. The Commissioner has spoken a lot about what neighbours is, let us not forget we have a bigger responsibility locally and internationally that is humanitarian work.

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Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Hon. Inia Seruiratu. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

As a responsible global citizen as whether it is a post-conflict or post-natural disaster that hit the humanitarian aspect that always rides and override all the political of whatever is in existence humanity in large.

The Australia Defence Force team will depart Fiji next week.

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