Build­ing projects in the Solomons

Pro­vid­ing bet­ter ser­vices for the is­land com­mu­ni­ties.

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By BUND­ABERG RE­GIONAL COUN­CIL

A SOLOMON Is­lands school is one step closer to ful­fill­ing a dream of suit­able toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for its 350 stu­dents, af­ter Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett worked with Ro­tary to com­plete the first stage of con­struc­tion.

Mr Ben­nett, who has just re­turned from the hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sion, said that de­spite many chal­lenges, Kokegolo Com­mu­nity High School, lo­cated in Munda, con­tin­ued to pro­vide qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the chil­dren of the re­gion.

“But there con­tin­ues to be one sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenge in that there are no suit­able, hy­gienic ameni­ties for the stu­dents and staff at the school,” Mr Ben­nett said.

Mr Ben­nett, a for­mer builder, first trav­elled to the Solomon Is­lands with Ro­tary in 2008 where he helped to con­struct birthing suites fol­low­ing a ma­jor nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

The lo­cal MP has also been in­flu­en­tial over many years in the on­go­ing work at the He­lena Goldie Hos­pi­tal, a small hos­pi­tal west of Lam­bete, which was orig­i­nally set up by the Rev J F Goldie, a Methodist mis­sion­ary, and named af­ter his wife.

The first stage of the con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties were con­ducted by six mem­bers of the Bund­aberg Sunrise Ro­tary Club, in­clud­ing Mr Ben­nett and team leader Barry Ten­net, of Ro­tary Club of Rock­hamp­ton Fitzroy.

Mr Ben­nett said while work was well un­der­way, the pro­ject still re­quired ad­di­tional fund­ing to en­sure its suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion, which he hoped would be com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas this year.

Mr Ben­nett said he was ex­cited and hum­bled to be able to re­turn to par­tic­i­pate in such im­por­tant pro­ject.

“To be able to put my skills to good use and as­sist un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties is such an hon­our and an ex­tremely hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “It’s easy to take for granted just how lucky we are to live in our for­tu­nate coun­try.”

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TEAM RO­TARY: A Solomon Is­lands school is one step closer to ful­fill­ing a dream of suit­able toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for their 350 stu­dents af­ter Mem­ber for Bur­nett and Shadow Min­is­ter for the En­vi­ron­ment, Cul­tural Her­itage and Na­tional Parks, Stephen Ben­nett, worked with Ro­tary to com­plete the first stage of con­struc­tion.

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HELP­ING HAND: Aus­tralian Ro­tary vol­un­teers help a Solomon Is­lands school to ful­fil a dream of suit­able toi­let fa­cil­i­ties for its 350 stu­dents.

LEFT: Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett worked with Ro­tary to com­plete the first stage of con­struc­tion.

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