Work to rebuild the seaside market in the Western Province capital of Gizo is expected to begin early next year.
Western Provincial Premier Wayne Maepio said Reeves International won the SBD$18 million contract funded by the Australian Government, and preparations for the project will start in January.
“Straight after the holiday, market vendors will be moved to a temporary market location,” Premier Maepio said.
Sites that have been identified for the temporary market include the Melanesian Spearhead Group complex near the wharf and a space close to the hospital.
Premier Maepio said some market vendors will be affected by the new arrangement as they might not find the locations suitable for their products.
Planners are working to identify appropriate spaces for fish and coconut vendors, he said.
Waste management will be one consideration in determining the location for those who sell coconuts and other produce that generates considerable waste.
Mr Maepio said his government is committed to the market renovation, which should be completed next year.
By Kikiva Tuni