Improving Safety at Children’s Playground

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The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) is undertaking remedial work at the children’s playground at the Punanga Nui market this week.

The original market playground was built in 1992 by the Rotary Club of Rarotonga.The playground which had a major tidy up in 2010 and had new equipment added in 2014 has served the population well and is widely used by children throughout the week, in the centre of town and in the market surrounds.

Ralph Adams from CIIC, said minor maintenance works are being undertaken to improve health and safety, along with some painting to give the playground a general spruce up are being carried out, and the work is due to be completed by the end of the week.

The President of the Rotary Club, Steve Lyon, commended CIIC for the remedial work and said while it has served local and visiting children well for almost 30 years, there are plans to modernise and upgrade the playground in the near future to provide an improved facility for our children well into the future.

Allan Jensen, CEO of CIIC, said he looked forward to working together with the Rotary Club in modernising and upgrading the playground in the near future, along with other potential projects, that serve our communities.

Jensen also added that the work at the market playground was being carried out by a skilled labour force brought on by CIIC, on a month to month basis, as a result of its focus to create economic stimulus during these times. We have employed directly a number of persons following our advertisements for carpenters and tradesmen, and they are undertaking some great projects for us.

In this partciluar instance, a number of staff from a Raroweld crew have been directlty employed by us on a month to month basis to deliver projects, and this team is now delivering the market playground remedial works. Conrad Hunter, Managing Director of Raroweld, thanked CIIC for working with the private sector, coming up with a pragmatic solutions and engaging his staff on these fantastic projects.

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