Australia promises million-dollar projects for Western province


THE Australian High Commissioner has announced major development for Western Province.

Dr Lachlan Strahan made the promise during a brief meeting with Premier David Gina yesterday in Gizo.

He said the Australian government through its office in Honiara will add value to existing projects in the Province.

Strahan stressed that areas of focus will include infrastructure, health and economic development.

He said Australia is pleased and honoured to fund the Seghe Airport upgrading project, able to assist in making sure the undersea internet cable reached Noro and also ongoing support towards border security during the time of covid-19 pandemic.

Strahan adds that the Strongim Business project has also made an impact to Western Province more especially in securing markets for the province’s tourism industry.

Premier Gina acknowledged the people and government of Australia for the great support towards his Province.

He said Australia has contributed well towards the province’s social, economic and health sectors over the past years.

“I acknowledge your support towards agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development,” Gina said.

He said people of Western Province value the assets especially the Gizo market which is a living testimony of the direct support from Australia.

Gina said Western Province’s partnership with Australia is established through core principles and values with efforts made based on common understanding.

He said his government looks forward to working closely with the Australian government through the High Commission in Honiara.

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