by Merilyn Diau-Katam – EM TV News, Port Moresby
The Salvation Army has launched its much anticipated new motel yesterday.
The newly constructed motel was built at a cost of K3.4 million.
According to Salvation Army Territorial Commander, Colonel Andrew Westrupp, they were able to stick within the budget despite changes during construction.
The launch of the Salvation Army Motel in Boroko brought much excitement for the Port Moresby ground staff yesterday afternoon.
According to the Salvation Army who are self-funding organisation, with the new motel, revenue generated from the motel will support mission work ministry and social and spiritual programs throughout PNG.
“This means for the Salvation Army in Papua New Guinea, is funding to deliver our services. Often we get overseas help for the services themselves, but what we actually need at this time is money to help Salvation Army actually deliver those services,” said, Colonel Andrew Westrupp .
Construction began in 2011 but with challenges and changes in the construction there were delays, however, they were still able to stick within the budget.
Funding for the motel was assisted by the Salvation Army Australian Eastern Territory, who were also present at the launching.
The newly launched motel is equipped with 16 rooms. Five self-contained and 11 single rooms.
The motel already has shown interest from the mining sector and organisations linked to the Salvation Army.