Message from Minister John McVeigh
28 April 2018
I was very pleased that one of the first things I was able to do when I commenced in the role as Minister was secure additional funding for important community projects on Norfolk Island through the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) process. MYEFO is the time of year when government considers its priorities, how projects are tracking, and what additional funds may be required.
The additional investment of resources is going towards better infrastructure and services in the priority areas of health, education, policing, and other core services, and aligns with the key priorities outlined in the Norfolk Island Community Strategic Plan, specifically renovating infrastructure and strengthening the environment and community.
I would like to provide the community with an update on the additional MYEFO projects along with the ongoing capital works projects underway on the Island.
Norfolk Island Central School
During the school holidays work commenced to additional upgrades on the school grounds. Minor renovations are underway for the school canteen, staff toilets and the school oval irrigation system.
The school bore has been located and work has commenced on an irrigation solution for the school oval. Repairs to the school oval irrigation system will benefit students, the sporting community and all who use the oval. Work has commenced on installing hand basins in the school canteen to provide access to running water for canteen staff.
Through the capital works program, building of the pottery kiln housing has begun offsite. Once the housing has been finalised and the development application process is complete the housing and the kiln will be moved to the school so pottery classes can be conducted as part of the school curriculum.
Ongoing investments in infrastructure for Norfolk Island has seen the recent completion of the installation of the laser cutter bench in the woodwork room, repairs to the floor in Block M, and repairs and connection to pumps to increase potable water supply to the school via the recently installed water filtration system.
I am also pleased to say that the materials to provide a soft fall on the school playground are in transit to Norfolk Island. It is expected that the playground will be open for use again in the coming months.
Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service
Construction has commenced on the installation of protection measures for onsite gas storage on the NIHRACS site. A fence and blast wall around the gas bullet are being constructed to improve the safety of all who visit and work at NIHRACS.
Work will commence soon on essential upgrades to the morgue, car park line marking and plumbing works to improve the quality of potable water supply.
I look forward to continuing to work with you and keeping you updated on the progress of these projects.