21 Oct 2005

New Cook Islands parliamentary complex to cost US$7m

3:40 pm on 21 October 2005

Plans are underway to build new parliament and central government buildings in the Cook Islands estimated to cost more than seven million US dollars.

The Cook Islands News reports that the recently established project committee met yesterday to discuss plans for the development dubbed the 'Capitol Hill' project.

Deputy chairman of the Committee, and speaker of parliament, Norman George he understands that funding for the project would be obtained externally.

Mr George says he wouldn't mind if the government allocated 1 to 2 million dollars of the annual budget to the project each year.

Meanwhile, the secretary of works Ata Herman has given a presentation of the project concept to the committee.

He says planning of the concept, including building designs, had started three years ago, and is based on a vaka with the parliament roof to be shaped like a sail.

The project includes a parliament building and a central administration building to house the ministerial offices.