Foundation work for school completed

Staff members of the RFMF and ADF at the Lekutu Secondary School in Bua. Picture: Twitter

Foundation work for the new Lekutu Secondary School in Bua has been completed, says Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent commander and senior project engineer Major Donald Robertson.

He said the ADF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) engineering teams had completed all the foundation work, including the concrete footing, sub-floor block work and the concrete slabs for the two new classroom buildings.

“Last week, we started laying the blocks for the walls of the buildings and have currently completed three of the eleven total layers of blocks for each building,” he said.

“For the foundations of the buildings, we laid 1950 blocks and for the walls of the buildings, we have now constructed 1380.

“We have been fortunate and have not experienced many challenges during our construction.”

However, Major Robertson said, the biggest challenge was ensuring that both teams remained healthy and capable of completing the reconstruction task.

On the sourcing of building materials, he said they were mostly purchased from shops in the North. Major Robertson said the hospitality from the Lekutu community was the best support they had received since arriving in Bua.

“We have been able to procure almost all of the building materials on Vanua Levu, in particular from local companies in Labasa.

“Our team is very grateful for the generosity of the local community in Lekutu. They have extended their hospitality to us in various ways, such as inviting us to their homes and also hosting a variety of meals.”

The ADF team is scheduled to return to Australia next month.

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