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Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells visit to Nauru

Minister Fierravanti-Wells meets with President Waqa to sign bilateral agreements

Minister Fierravanti-Wells and President Waqa at the signing of the the Aid Management Partnership arrangement and the MoU for the Pacific Microstates – Northern Australia Pilot Worker Program.

 

On 24 April, Senator the Honourable Concetta Fierravanti-Wells MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, made an official two day visit to Nauru. Minister Fierravanti-Wells met with His Excellency Hon Baron Waqa MP, President of the Republic of Nauru and signed the Aid Management Partnership arrangement and the MoU for the Pacific Microstates – Northern Australia Pilot Worker Program.

Minister Fierravanti-Wells also met with the Speaker of Parliament and Members of Parliament, discussed issues with local gender leaders, toured the port, Nauru Utilities Corporation, the Republic of Nauru Hospital and the Community Centre. She provided the opening address at the Anzac day dawn service.

The Minister also attended a cultural performance at Nauru Secondary School; presented children’s life vests to the Nauru Lifeguard Service; and attended a student performance at the Able Disable Centre.

In an interview with the Nauru media, Minister Fieravanti-Wells said that she enjoyed her visit to Nauru, highlighting the importance of the bilateral agreements which offered opportunities to Nauruans for employment in Australia. She stated that one of her fondest memories was attempting the Bomber Trek, a challenging bush trek.

 

Presentation to Nauru Lifeguard Service

Minister Fierravanti-Wells pictured with Nauruan Lifeguards at presentation ceremony with Senior Lifeguard, Jade-In Hart Mwaredaga (third from right) and Secretary for National Emergency Services, Roy Harris (fourth from right).
 

 

On 25 April, during her official visit to Nauru, Senator the Honourable Concetta Fierravanti-Wells MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific attended an official ceremony to present children’s lifeguard vests to the Nauru Lifeguard Service.

The event was held at the Nauru Boat Harbour in Anibare District. Speeches were given by Minister Fierravanti-Wells; Mr Roy Harris, Secretary for the National Emergency Services; Senior Lifeguard Mr Jade-In Hart Mwaredaga; and Mr John Short, original founder of the Nauru lifeguard service. Lifeguard Ms Zena Cain spoke about her experience attended training at Bondi Beach in Sydney.

‘We are very appreciative of the Minister’s contribution and honoured by her visit’ stated Mr Mwaredaga who accepted the gifts on behalf of the Nauru Lifeguard Service. 

 

Visit to Able-Disable Centre

 

Minister Fierravanti-Wells sign \'thank you\' to students at the Able-Disable centre for their gift.

During her official visit to Nauru, Senator The Honourable Concetta Fierraventi-Wells Minister for International Development and the Pacific, paid a visit to the Able-Disable Centre on 25 April.

Minister Fierravanti-Wells was welcomed by Hon Charmaine Scotty MP, Minister for Health, and the students of the Able-Disable Centre.

The students expressed their appreciation through song performances and gifts that they presented to Minister Fierravanti-Wells.

Minister Fierraveanti-Wells attended a tour through the centre and enjoyed afternoon tea with students and staff before concluding her visit.

The Australian High Commission, through its Direct Aid Program has assisted the Able-Disable Centre in acquiring specialist equipment, musical instruments and through its broader Aid program, assisted in the refurbishment of the centre.