All Games Facilities in Honiara, Solomon Islands are currently under construction and will be completed within the next three to four months.
Chairman of the Games Facilities Committee (GFC) Joe Sika revealed that all Games Venues and Games Villages will be completed by the end of August.
“Basically, all Games Facilities will be completed in time for the Games. All contractors should complete all construction work on the venues and villages and have them handed over to the National Hosting Authority (NHA) by the end of August this year,” Sika said.
PMU (Project Management Unit) Executive Director, Eldon Tepa gave brief updates on each of the main sites that the Games will be held at.
“KG East (practice pitch) is roughly sitting at 75 percent completion. KG West (main stadium) is around 70 to 75% complete.
“DC Park is sitting at about 90 percent complete. There are still some minor bits and pieces like boundary fencing and some minor works associated with preparation for the Games.
“SIFF Academy is sitting at approximately 70 percent complete,” Tepa said.
Asked on the status of Games villages, Tepa said, “Games villages as of the last few weeks, we have completed around 70 percent of the school refurbishments. We will be able to stage the rest of the refurbishments around the curriculum so that it doesn’t impact too much on schools.”
Schools that are being transformed to Games villages include; Saint Jospeh Tenaru School, Don Bosco, KG Sixth School, SINU Panatina campus, SINU Kukum Campus and Saint Nicholas School.
Games venues include; DC Park, Maranatha Hall, SIFF Academy, Hockey Stadium, National Stadium, Aquatic Centre, National Tennis Centre, Friendship Hall, Honiara Golf Course, HCC Arena and Lawson Tama.
SOURCE: SOLOMON TIMES ONLINE/PACNEWS