15 Sep 2017

More Australian funding for Tonga's capital refurbishment

11:08 am on 15 September 2017

The Australian government will provide $US1.73 million in additional financing to the ongoing Nuku'alofa Urban Development Sector Project in Tonga.

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A street in Tonga's capital, Nuku'alofa Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

The project, co-financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Australia and Tonga, is designed to improve living conditions and boost the urban population's access to municipal services.

The additional assistance will provide further support to the project, including upgrades to water supply, sanitation, and other facilities at Teufaiva Stadium.

It also provides additional capacity-building for water supply and sanitation services.

With a total financing value of $US16.57 million, the project targets six components of Nuku'alofa's urban services, including a strengthened policy environment for the delivery of urban services and improved water supply and solid waste services.

It will also bolster community awareness of urban services such as planning and household management of solid waste and highlight the public health benefits of safe waste disposal.

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