College opens meeting hall to public

Islands, Normal

The National, Tuesday July 24th, 2012

THE Kokopo Business College in East New Britain province recently opened its new conference building to public conferences.
Principal John Kiele said the school had been using classrooms to host conferences and the building had been purposely built to put an end to that.
Kiele said the new conference building cost K250,000 and with the addition cost of other resources had taken the cost to K300,000.
He said the school funded the project without financial help from other stakeholders.
It is understood that contractor Phoenix completed the building in six months, from last August to February. But it was only officially opened last week.
The building has air conditioning, a multi-media projector and can seat 100 people.
Kiele said the conference building would not be limited to the college only as it was now open to the public for hire.
He said the hire rates had not been set yet.
Kiele said the school’s governing council planned to restore the college through other developments after the school administration was burnt down last year.
The governing council had committed K600,000 and would seek additional donor funding to meet the cost of other projects.
a new administration block, extend the tourism and hospitality training restaurant, build a new multi-purpose hall over the basketball court and a block of eight classrooms.
Kiele said those development projects would cost K1.5 million.
It is understood the college will end its academic year in early October to make room for the PNG Games technical team of 350 officials.