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Australia announces further assistance for Samoa

February 12, 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today announced a further $7 million to repair or rebuild 18 schools and nine health clinics damaged by Cyclone Evan in December 2012.

Senator Carr visited villages devastated by the cyclone during a two-day trip to Samoa.

“Rebuilding these facilities will enable more than 5,300 students to continue their studies and more than 25,000 people to access health care in the coming months,” Senator Carr said.

“It will also support the Australia Pacific Technical College to provide training courses for those most affected by the disaster.

“Carpentry training will enable those who have lost their houses to gain skills to rebuild their communities.

Training in hospitality will allow those who are temporarily unemployed to improve their skills and earn income while hotels and small businesses are being rebuilt.”

This latest package of assistance is in addition to the $1.65 million in immediate emergency supplies delivered in mid-December.

Senator Carr today met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa for an update on Samoa’s recovery.

The cyclone affected more than 12,700 people, killed four people and destroyed 250 homes.

Senator Carr met with Australia Awards scholarship alumni, highlighting Australia’s efforts to increase education opportunities for Samoans.

Each year 40 Samoan students receive scholarships to study at universities in Australia and the region in fields vital to Samoa’s development, such as medicine, engineering, commerce and education.

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3 Comments
  1. Ralf Kluin permalink
    February 12, 2013 4:58 pm

    Good to see the Gillard ALP Government, with you as Minister for Foreign Affairs, support our neighbours in the South Pacific Rim. Our national media seems not to be overly interested. I heard you on ABC radio as you talked about the impact Climate Change is having on small island nations. I recall reading Tocqueville, where he predicted that because of the changeable views of citizens, it can be difficult democracies, like ours, to be more deeply concerned, making our role, your role much harder. He believed foreign relations required patience and persistence in the pursuit of long-term goals. Nevertheless, I suspect that whilst we spend a lot of time discussing defence etc the real issue is economic and how we help resolve the problems of clean water, food and shelter. Good on you Bob.

  2. Neil Stollznow permalink
    February 14, 2013 3:51 pm

    Solomon Islands assistance is a great thing and I’m glad we’re doing this.

    Now to an issue I would like to raise on another topic, why can Australians born overseas have dual citizenship when those born in Australia cannot? I understand the thinking behind wanting people to hold onto their country of birth citizenship but it seems discriminatory for those born in Australia to not be allowed the same freedoms.

    Of course If Australians born overseas had to renounce the citizenship it would save this whole Prisoner X fiasco!

  3. February 21, 2013 1:11 pm

    Next time you should visit the Clea Salavert Library at Lalomanu Primary School in Lalomanu – area affected badly by the 2009 tsunami.

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