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Australia again to fund refurbishment of VMF Camp

Australia again to fund refurbishment of VMF Camp
Australia again to fund refurbishment of VMF Camp
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One week after the first visit of the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to Vanuatu, the Chief of the Australian Defense Force made a courtesy call in Port Vila to have discussion with some local dignitaries and purposely to officiate the groundbreaking of the refurbishment project at the VMF Camp.
On Tuesday 22 January, General J. Campbell met the commander of the Vanuatu Mobile Force (VMF), Robson Iavro. He also visited the VMF squarters in the camp to get the first hand information on their condition. Since no assistance has been offered to renovate these houses which accommodates VMF officers, their condition has deteriorated and they were left forgotten. The garage which used to be for the repair of VMF and police trucks is not operational anymore and the roofs of the existing houses are rotten.
The VMF Camp is not secured as its fence is rotting and broken. The VMF Hall constructed with Australian financial assistance and used to accommodate social activities has not been repaired after being damaged by the Cyclone Pam in 2015.
All these facilities will be either renovated or bulldozed for new ones to be built through the Australian Defense Programme. During the visit of General Campbell, he and colonel Iavro laid a stone to mark the groundbreaking of the refurbishment project.

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