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The completion of the new sports complex in few months’ time

The completion of the new sports complex in few months’ time
The completion of the new sports complex in few months’ time
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The construction of the new sports complex that replaces the Ex-FOL is still underway. It was planned that it would take only six months from July to December this year but apparently it will take more weeks before the works end.
The construction works are undertaken by Vanuatu Construction Ltd. The new complex is built with metal sheet roofing structure like the old one, and it can resist the wind that exceeds 300 km per hour like Cyclone Pam that destroyed the Ex-FOL on 13 March 2015.
Once completed the new complex will accommodate sports activities such as basketball and volleyball, the two disciplines that were so affected after the destruction of the Ex-FOL by Cyclone Pam. It will be also useful for religious and other social activities. The other side of the complex that accommodates the Department of Sports after Cyclone Pam will be renovated for sports training.
The complex is another multipurpose centre as it will also be used as evacuation centre during cyclones. Another important role of this complex is its use as a polling station during general and municipal elections for electors who live at Freshwater and Tassiriki. Following the destruction of the Ex-FOL by Cyclone Pam, Freshwater Bilingual School has become the polling station for voters of the two suburbs during the last General Elections in 2016 and the last Municipal Elections in 2018.
These voters will certainly expressed themselves in the new complex during the next General Elections scheduled to take place on 19 March 2020.
The Ex-FOL was built in 70s by the French Administration for sports activities.
The new complex is built with the financial assistance of the Australian Government.

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