It has been over two months and the Carr Memorial Adventist Primary School is still waiting for the damage to be settled.
Just 24 hours after the Leaders’ summit concluded on November 18th, one of the 42-seater buses backed into the Carr Memorial Adventist Primary School fence on a Monday evening.
APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko confirmed after the incident, that one of the black buses was unfortunately driven by an intoxicated soldier from Murray Barracks, who had no right to utilise or drive that vehicle.
And while the APEC Authority has recalled all fleet for audit, this particular bus is still being held as insurance by the school until, and whenever, the government fixes their fencing.
When asked for an update, APEC CEO Chris Hawkins said they are in constant dialogue with the school, and trust that they are taking care of this vehicle.
“We don’t want to go in heavy-handed and take the bus away,” said Hawkins. “We want to make sure the school feels they’re being respected and that their fence will be repaired.”
Hawkins said they are still finalising payment, which takes time.
“APEC has finished and there were other pressing concerns for the government, including health care and education, so our bills are being paid in time; it just takes a process to get that through.”