MP heads off to Solomons on a mis­sion

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MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett will swap his suit and tie for his nail bag and tools as he em­barks on a hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion to the Solomon Is­lands.

Mr Ben­nett will join fel­low Ro­tary mem­bers on Fri­day to build an ameni­ties block for a lo­cal school on the nine-day trip.

Mr Ben­nett, who has been a mem­ber of Ro­tary for 15 years, said that the school cur­rently only had a ba­sic un­san­i­tary drop toi­let.

“There are 400 stu­dents at the lo­cal school us­ing re­ally un­ac­cept­able ameni­ties. Ob­vi­ously it’s un­hy­gienic and en­vi­ron­men­tally un­sus­tain­able and that’s where we will come in and in­stall a proper sep­tic treat­ment sys­tem and toi­let block to pro­vide the kids with a bet­ter san­i­ta­tion,” Mr Ben­nett said.

While it is far cry from the Bur­nett elec­torate, Mr Ben­nett said he was look­ing

Stephen Ben­nett There are 400 stu­dents at the lo­cal school us­ing re­ally un­ac­cept­able ameni­ties. Ob­vi­ously it’s un­hy­gienic.

for­ward to the chal­lenges ahead and putting his build­ing skills back to good use.

“It’s a great hon­our to be head­ing over with a tremen­dous team of pas­sion­ate Ro­tar­i­ans, all lo­cal busi­ness own­ers, and work side by side as we do our bit to make life just that lit­tle bit eas­ier for the stu­dents at this school,” he said.

“We are lucky and priv­i­leged to live in the Bund­aberg re­gion. This is my way of giv­ing back and help­ing sup­port those who are less for­tu­nate.

“Com­mu­nity and in­ter­na­tional ser­vice is an im­por­tant part of what we do at Ro­tary.”

This is not Mr Ben­nett’s first trip to the Solomon Is­lands. Mr Ben­nett first vis­ited the re­gion to carry out con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at the lo­cal hos­pi­tal on the is­land of Munda back in 2006.

“It was heart­break­ing to see the birthing con­di­tions at the hos­pi­tal,” he said.

“Like many Ro­tary Clubs and in­di­vid­u­als world­wide, our Bund­aberg Sunrise Ro­tary Club des­per­ately wanted to help, so our team went in and built new ma­ter­nity wards

“That trip was one of the most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.”

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