By Alfred Sasako
FORMER councillor Charles Lesimaoma yesterday sent out an SOS to the Honiara City Council and the MP for West Honiara to help fix the White River Community High School sports ground, claiming it has been neglected for far too long.
“The sports field has been neglected for a long time and is now covered in tall grasses,” Mr Lesimaoma told Island Sun yesterday.
“I am concerned for my community of White River as well as the students of the school as the community no longer has a place to play sports. It would seem the decision to leave the field unattended for months was intentional,” he said.
Lesimaoma, who served as a councillor for three terms of 12 years from 1974, said his investigation has established the area where the sports field is located is under the Honiara City Council.
“I call on the Honiara City Council and the MP for West Honiara, Hon Namson Tran to do something about the sports field. All it needs is proper drainage so that it remains dry even in wet weather,” he said.
Lesimaoma said the Honiara City Council in particular has a lot of money allocated in the Council’s budget this year.
He produced a document which showed the Ward Grant for Ward 1, which covers White River, for this year is $265,000. The Council Member for Ward 1 is Lord Mayor Andrew Mua.
“Why not use this money to fix this important sports field? It is for the kids of the White River Community High School. I wish to repeat the call on those responsible to ensure the sports is fixed immediately,” Lesimaoma said.
During his term as a Councillor, Lesimaoma once served as Deputy President of what is now Honiara City Council.