New sports facility for Taurama Barracks

Normal, Sports

The National, Friday, June 3rd 2011

A NEW mult-purpose sports facility to cater for basketball, volleyball and netball at the Taurama Barracks was officially opened on Wednesday.
National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop, who was present for the occasion, said he was happy to allocate funds to upgrade the facilities which had been neglected for years.
The governor was also accorded a guard of honour and greeted by singsing group from Morobe.
Parkop allocated K90,000 from the NCDC coffers for the reconstruction of the rundown basketball courts.
It is part of the governor’s vision to restore the barracks to its former glory days.
Last year, Parkop had funded the first beautification programme with K20,000 and  an additional K10,000 this year.
“I would like to thank all for keeping and maintaining the beautification and cleanliness of your barracks. This shows you are serious about being part of the overall development change the city is going through,” he said.
He said the facelift to the basketball courts, including the installation of flood lights, was a small improvement because there were other challenges to be addressed like the roads, houses for soldiers and others.
Parkop pledged K15,000 for the community to organise a basketball, netball and volleyball competitions.
He also urged soldiers to reclaim their former sports glory where they were competitive in the past representing PNG in athletics, basketball and others.
Taurama Barracks acting commanding officer Major John Manua thanked Parkop for the help and urged the community to take care of the new courts and ensure it was kept clean at all times.
He said the facilities a lot of money and urged soldiers and their dependants to take care of them,
He also supported the governor’s vision to make the city the best place in the Pacific .