No children allowed, space for business only!!

The Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project(VTIP) is jointly funded by New Zealand Aid Programme and the Vanuatu Government. “New Zealand believes the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project will help revitalize the seafront and cruise ship precinct, and support the goals of Government, local business and the community to develop themselves and the country,” explained New Zealand High Commissioner, Georgina Roberts.

The objective of the beautification of the seafront is to create a more useful and beautiful space that will encourage events, sports, and more community interaction, offering a space for families to hang out together, for children to play and for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Port Vila’s beautiful waterfront. A new playground with suitable play equipment for children aged 2 to 6 and 6 to 12 and two new toilet buildings are to be constructed, one next to the playground area and another one behind Nambawan Café.

That being said, the PVMC managed Seafront has taken a downhill roll to ensuring the concept and beautification specifications are managed appropriately with respect to businesses. Wait a minute, did I just say businesses? Well yes, I did. You see, children have been banned from swimming around the Seafront for various reasons and the PVMC has instead given permits to private Tourism Businesses to erect pontoons as monuments to one of Vanuatu’s best harbor.

Not only that,the Vanuatu Tourism Infrastructure Project(VTIP) was achieved by two Governments to allow and I quote from the PVMU “beautiful space that will encourage events, sports, and more community interaction, offering a space for families to hang out together, for children to play and for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Port Vila’s beautiful waterfront.”

There is something really odd here as there are no events yet, no sports yet, and when children started community interaction, instead of setting controlling measures, PVMC resorted to banning children, and yes not managing the children but banning them.

Looking at the current Seafront, the swings are very active, keeping the rhythm and mood of a billion vatu project alive; going to and fro, sliding down and rolling over whilst the fish enjoy the cool waters around Seafront, as intended I guess.

The idea of hanging out is perfect, what better way to hang-out and view the beautiful waterfront pontoons, and yes what a sight that is.

The Seafront was meant to be “space” for children and is supposed to be managed as “a space for children” however, there are other opportunities that required children be excluded so our German Chancellor could cut his own gate through a Government funded project. Yeah.. ban children for damaging the new infrastructure but allow a business to cut a hole for money. I do know it was worth every penny paid for the permit.

Permits have been issued and businesses are stepping into the Seafront and pontoons are becoming the new tourist attraction for this 1 billion vatu project which will soon be inaugurated as the “Pontoonfront” of Port Vila managed by the PVMC.

I am searching the internet for Big Mountains song “Where do the children play” and want to download this song as an theme song for Seafront Park, a “beautiful space that will encourage events, sports, and more community interaction, offering a space for families to hang out together, for children to play and for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Port Vila’s beautiful waterfront.”

I think the gates built and provided for use as access to the seafront waters is not in line with “beautiful space that will encourage events, sports, and more community interaction, offering a space for families to hang out together, for children to play and for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Port Vila’s beautiful waterfront” and we must cut new holes as memories of a vatu per head, per trip around Port Vila harbour and also encourage others to make this a tradition with any new development happening around Port Vila.

Anyways, it is a big improvement for development meant for public enjoyment. Enjoy the new Seafront, a new rejuvenated beauty, meant for the children who are now banned, and used by businesses as a means to an end. Yeah, we live in a banned paradise, and everything is worth a vatu or two.

A lot of families have given up going to the Seafront, as there is a ban in place, and all these families also know, PVMC is now using Seafront to make money.

A “beautiful space that will encourage events, sports, and more community interaction, offering a space for families to hang out together, for children to play and for locals and visitors alike to enjoy Port Vila’s beautiful waterfront” is indeed what RMC, VP, LPV. GJP, and partners in the current Government have stood for and right now it is deteriorating right in their faces and yet they do nothing.

The park was meant for children and there should be a manager for both park and children and I guess I am entitled to my own opinion without fear and prejudice for the children of Port Vila who were banned to allow businesses an opportunity.

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Julian Ligo

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The current director for Yumi Toktok Stret. A strong advocator for the "internet" as a tool to support good governance. Currently promoting the internet as the tool to drive change and believes "media must play a better role in educating society"