2015 Pacific Games Venues to be completed by year end

SPORTS Minister Justin Tkatchenko told Parliament that the South Pacific Games venues are expected to be 90 percent completed at the end of the year.

The Minister was responding to questions raised by Governor for Jiwaka William Tongap on the status of the game venues infrastructure development.

Mr Tongap tasked the Minister to give an updated status report whether the infrastructure development will be completed with the targeted time frame given before the games start.

Mr Tkatchenko reassured Mr Tongamp and Parliament that the infrastructure construction phase is on track with the engagement of contractor Fletcher Morobe and Phoenix Construction to build the indoor and outdoor complexes at the Sir John Guise Stadium.

He said the contractors of the games village at University of Papua New Guinea are working in two shifts to ensure that the facility is built on time to house at total of 4000 people during the two-week event that will be staged in July next year.

Mr Tkatchenko said the aquatic centre in Taurama, is built by Fletcher Morobe, which is doing a fantastic job of constructing the facility that will house two swimming pools and an indoor stadium.

He told Parliament that other developments at the Lloyd Robson oval and Hubert Murray Stadium are part of the Pacific Games but work is being undertaken using the public private partnership program in the construction of the two facilities.

The minister said as for the Rita Flynn courts and the Bisini soccer grounds, construction will start as soon as the procurement processes are completed.

Meanwhile, Mr Tkatchenko has applauded the effort of the PNG Hunters rugby league team, who are sitting on the top five teams in the Queensland Instrust Super Cup competition.
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