Australian High Commissioner to Dominica, John Pilbeam officially handed over the Lindo Park in Goodwill to the Lindo Park Improvement Committee on Friday 17 March 2017.
The Lindo Park Improvement Committee commissioned upgrade work to the Lindo Park in 2015. That project, funded by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, Dominica government and several local businesses, included fencing, lighting and construction of a jogging track.
Pilbeam informed that since 2005, Australia’s Direct Aid Program has funded 36 community projects across Dominica and they are pleased to continue to do so.
He acknowledged that several persons and businesses have contributed to the “not quite finished project of upgrading Lindo Park, one of Roseau’s few open spaces”.
“Australia has played only a small role but I would like to pay tribute to my New Zealand colleagues who helped with the fence, the government of Dominica which finished the fence, and private donors, and hundreds of small private donors who’ve done little things around the park to make it all as you see it today, they’ve all contributed to the work of making Lindo Park a facility everyone in Dominica can use to be proud of,” Pilbeam stated.
He also congratulated the Lindo Park Improvement Committee for “their hard work and for organizing, on very short notice, this handover ceremony, and beside that Australia is pleased with what’s being achieved here”.
Member of the Lindo Park Improvement Committee, Nigel Hillaire presented Pilbeam with a plaque of appreciation and thanked all business entities who supported the project.
Among them are Argos Cement Company, Carib Sand & Stone, Lindo Park Service Station, Matthew Brokerage and Harris Paints.
Hillaire informed that the entire project is not yet completed but that the phase funded by the Australian and New Zealand High Commission is completed.
“So in what you see right now is basically, I would say, about seventy percent done, we still have the covering of the jogging track to do, the lights are here we just have to install the lights, I would think by the ending of this month the light would be installed and the fencing would be completed, as far as the gates and everything being closed,” he reported.
The playground and the refurnishing of the basketball court, Hillaire anticipates, “will hopefully be done by the ending of summer or before the ending of summer we are working with different companies in order to make this happen”.