Phase one of the Faleu Wharf renovation project has been completed and it was a cause for celebration at the village yesterday.
The first phase includes the construction of 22 meters of the wharf using concrete and a cement slab walkway to replace wood posts and stones.
“We chose these materials and the design because it was more lasting and environmentally friendly. The wharf should now last us another 50 years,” said Leiataualesa Kilali Alailima, the Project Manager of the Faleu Village Development Committee.
The total renovation cost is $226,436. The reconstruction of the Faleu Wharf began in October last year.
The Mormon Welfare Society was the first to donate $25,000 for the project with the Ministry of Finance, through Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure and Samoa Ports Authority, gave $50,000.
The United Nations Development Programme (adaptation funds), through Civil Society Support Programme, donated $50,000.
The Government of Canada, through Canada Fund, ($62,723), Government of New Zealand, through their High Commission, ($25,000), Hamrock Contruction ($1,000) and the community of Faleu Manono, fundraised $12,713 for the project.
In 2009, the Faleu Manono community had asked for assistance to repair their wharf after it was damaged by the 2009 tsunami.
“This wharf is used by all of our village and visitors including our tourists,” said Leiataualesa.
She adds they also sought funds to build a shelter for waiting passengers and especially schoolchildren who would not attend school on Upolu whenever it rains.
“Hamrock Construction came in with the lowest bid of $184,500 or 81 percent, which was within our total budget for the whole project.
“The other 19 percent of our total budget was used to purchase our boat engine and other expenses,” she said.
Faleu Manono is looking to sought more help to complete the renovation of their wharf.
“This will include renovating the last 15 meters remaining of the wharf, putting hand rails, and having another step down for passengers to step in and out of boats,” said Leiataualesa.