13 Feb 2019

Fiji's Blackrock training centre ready by Dec 2020

2:08 pm on 13 February 2019

Work on Fiji's Blackrock military training centre is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Fiji's Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu

Inia Seruiratu Photo: Alex Perrottet / RNZ

Fiji's defence minister Inia Seruiratu has outlined the purpose and progress of the centre during questioning in Parliament.

He said work began in 2009 and it's being completed with funding from Australia.

Mr Seruiratu said the centre will be used by Fiji and the region for the training of peacekeepers, and training for humanitarian and disaster relief.

"We have an obligation in the enforcement, restoration and maintenance of global peace and this is why we as a country, a big contributor to peacekeeping operations, need to have a proper facility in which our men and women can be trained."

Mr Seruiratu said Fiji's police force will also be able to use the centre.