DEFENCE MEDIA RELEASE
MSPA 374/10 Monday, 23 August 2010
Major engineering project in East Timor nears completion
The International Stabilisation Force (ISF) and the Defence Cooperation Program (DCP) have
partnered with the East Timorese Defence Force (F-FDTL) and the United States Navy to
reconstruct the Nu Laran school in Dili.
The Engineering Civic Action Program (ENGCAP) is one of many initiatives being
conducted throughout Pacific Partnership 10, a US Fleet sponsored mission delivering
medical, dental, engineering, and veterinary aid in South East Asia and Oceania.
Rebuilding Nu Laran, which commenced mid-July this year, has seen a dramatic
improvement in the primary school’s classrooms, boundary fences, recreation areas and
ISF’s Engineering Liaison Officer, Captain Pete Maccheroni, from Brisbane’s Enoggera
Barracks, said the task has been integral to improving education in the nation’s capital.
“When we first got here, at least half of the schools were untenable, they couldn’t hold any
classes in them, they had to be held out in the open ground, now we will have children
undercover and in a much more productive learning environment.”
“We are lucky in that we see tangible results from the projects that we perform, we get to see
the smiling kids, they’re much more receptive, much happier and they want to come to
school,” he said.
The ISF continue to mentor the F-FDTL in trade skills such as carpentry, painting, plumbing,
electrical work and plant operation.
ISF Combat Engineer, Corporal Andrew Clifford, also from Brisbane’s Enoggera Barracks,
said the joint project is progressing very well.
“It’s been great working alongside the F-FDTL again; they are incredibly skilled labourers,
which has been a godsend to us on these sorts of construction sites. It gives me and all the
engineers involved a great deal of satisfaction,” he said.
US Navy Seabees Engineering Officer, Lieutenant John Angle, said the coordination,
planning and assistance during the project has been very strong.
“We’re only a small detachment, there are only a handful of us, but we’re ahead of schedule
and have added in fences and concrete paths. It’s been outstanding working with the ISF and
F-FDTL,” he said.
Over 70 engineers have contributed to the Nu Laran reconstruction, which will be completed
by September 15.
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