The Fiji Times

Relief is ‘key focus’

- By REPEKA NASIKO

THE redevelopm­ent of Fiji’s military training camp Blackrock in Nadi will have a key focus on humanitari­an relief, says Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne.

While visiting the base over the weekend with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, she explained that their decision to fund the upgrade of Blackrock for humanitari­an relief came after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

“It is also very important to recognise its value in humanitari­an assistance,” she said.

“This is one of the most challengin­g regions in the world.

“The arrival of Tropical Cyclone Winston here in Fiji not that long ago was a stark reminder of the challenge that they face from those extreme weather events.

“The humanitari­an and disaster relief focus this facility will have will be a very important one.

“The Australian Defence Force’s assistance of the RFMF during Winston was also a reminder of how well we can work together and more importantl­y how much more that we can do.

“Blackrock is a perfect example of that.”

According to Prime Minister Morrison, the Australian Government provided a funding of $A25 million ($F37.32m) for the Blackrock redevelopm­ent project.

He said more than 500 people were employed for the upgrade work.

 ?? Picture: WIKIPEDIA ?? Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne.
Picture: WIKIPEDIA Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne.

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