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Yarrow Opens New Look Service Centre

Yarrow Opens New Look Service Centre
August 14
08:25 2014

The refurbished Government Service Centre in the heart of Suva City   was commissioned by the chairman of the National Trust of Fiji, Robin Yarrow, yesterday.

He said a nation’s heritage, be it cultural, natural or built by man was precious because of its uniqueness and they would not be found anywhere else in the world except in some selected facilities like zoos and museums.

Mr Yarow said Levuka was inscribed by the World Heritage Committee last June and the recognition was not given easily.

Fijians should be proud because Levuka’s nomination for World Heritage listing underwent a rigorous a scrutiny before the final decision was made.

“We have several other sites on what is called our tentative national list – these included the outstanding Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, the only such landscape in the entire Pacfic island region and the beautiful Sovi Basin Protected Area in Naitasiri, which is rich in nature and biodiversity,” Mr Yarrow said.

He said Suva, the capital, was fortunate to possess a significant number of buildings which were on their own national Grade A Heritage List – while the recently restored Grand Pacific Hotel was the jewel in the crown of listed buildings.

“There are several which we might sometimes take a little for granted and not easily recognise as such and these include Government House, Government Building, the old Suva Town Hall, the CWM Hospital and the Sacred Heart Cathedral, to name a few.”

Mr Yarrow commended the responsible manner in which the refurbishment was carried out by the Public Service Commission and Dulux Pacific Coating – the manufacturers of Dulux paints.

Parmesh Chand, of the PSC said the building was built in 1895 to accommodate the Customs House. It was turned into a private residence in 1967, being the residence for the Harbour Master.

One time, he said, it became the Fiji Visitors Bureau and acted as a hub of information to visitors to Fiji.

He said the refurbished building also showcased Buy Fijian Craft and Buy Fijian made billboards promoted by the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

As Fiji moved towards elections in September, he said the Fijian Elections Office had also set up an outlet in the building.

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