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Australian defence force to wrap up construction work in affected areas

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be wrapping up their relief assistance efforts in eight days time.  This was highlighted by the Commander Joint Task Force, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill. In a trip to Rakiraki today, Lieutenant Hill said that he enjoys his two months stay in Fiji and has bonded well with the people […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

April 13, 2016 4:56 pm

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be wrapping up their relief assistance efforts in eight days time. 

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Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill with glasses, and Jeffrey Fielden an Engineer from Australia in the Australian Helicopter flying to Vanua Levu yesterday. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

This was highlighted by the Commander Joint Task Force, Lieutenant Colonel Scott Hill.

In a trip to Rakiraki today, Lieutenant Hill said that he enjoys his two months stay in Fiji and has bonded well with the people of Koro and member of the RFMF.

The engineers we have here were also in Koro, this is what neighbours do we came over, the relationships formed with the people of Koro and with the RFMF which has been outstanding. It is a privileged to be in Fiji and to lend a helping hand. I love Fiji and I think what is humbling to us despite the devastation the characteristic of Fiji to greet you with a warm smile and a ‘Bula’ none of that has changed.

The Australian Defence Force started to arrive in the country as you know on the 22nd of January and our main priority was to start the helicopter running and do that initial Natural Disaster relief and to support the Government of Fiji and the main priority that was given to us is  to provide a mini shelter and out of that was to get the school fixed and running.

Lieutenant Hill said the team will be completing their construction work in Rakiraki tomorrow.

The priority school that was given to us was here, the Rakiraki Methodist. Rakiraki Muslim and Rakiraki District School and along with the RFMF officers we have worked along with those three schools and we’ll be finished by tomorrow.

A member of the Australian Defence work carrying out relief assistance work at Rakiraki Primary School. (AHC)
A member of the Australian Defence work carrying out relief assistance work at Rakiraki Primary School. (AHC)

The Second Combat Engineer Regt, Lieutenant Trynt Xavier said that they are now finishing up their work at Rakiraki Muslim Primary School.

We are now doing the last bits, we have managed to put back the roof and to divide the classrooms. We will head back home in eight days from now, one of the big challenged is resources, there is lack number of material.

We have managed to divide the two classrooms and rebuild the ceiling. We will go back in eight days time and we have been in Fiji for two months now. The greater memory I will take back is the beauty of your land and the people of Fiji has been fantastic.

Students of Rakiraki Muslim Primary School waving goodbye to the Australian Defence Force team. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Students of Rakiraki Muslim Primary School waving goodbye to the Australian Defence Force team. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Rakiraki Muslim Primary School Head Teacher, Mr. Gushand Ali said that he is pleased with the assistance made by the Australian Defence Force, the government.

The damage of Winston is a big mess the entire classroom and a lot of debris were fallen around. The children were quite saddened to see when they came to school on the first day that their school has been damaged.

A quick relief assistance came from the Australia Defence Force engineering team and they have released a bit of burden from our shoulders have being lifted. It took them six days to finish all the work, to complete the roof and ceiling, the children are too much eager to back to their classroom.

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