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Coralview Island Resort Diversifies Business

Coralview  Island Resort Diversifies Business
Their farm at Nacilau, Teidamu outside Lautoka. Photo:SAM GEORGE
July 18
09:40 2015

For most businesses, it is a nightmare when the Government of the day suffers from external factors.

Coralview Island Resort owner Don Bruce, who has operated this business for the past 25 years, has picked up good lessons along the way since opening as back-packer resort in the 1990s.

“It’s nightmare for us when something is happening to the government. The first industry will be affected is tourism,” he said.

With the mindset of not to get stuck in the business, he decided venturing out into farming, securing a piece of land in Nacilau, Teidamu.

“I started with a few cattle and goats and now from last year, we are making use of the provision to supply our own meat to the resort. We manage to save about $10,700 per month on beef and pork,” he said.

Mr Bruce said currently they got more than 400 goats and 100 cattle which are all coming along good.

“We send it to the abattoir to slaughter and give it to Fiji Meat to debone it than blast freeze for one night,” he said.

“We keep at our newly-bought complex where we got two big deep freezers down stairs. I just finished working on the cooler so will keep our stock here.”


Other subsidiary

The other subsidiary includes a supermarket on the Island which caters for the top Yasawas, a shipping company and MV Solar Limited, which is co-owned by Australian Michael Valentine.

“It’s just not enough and might expand but we have to start something,” Mr Bruce said.

“The best way to do something is to start small and then it grows from there all along. We’ve proven it and from those 25 years I have been trying to find a solution,” he said.

Last week Mr Bruce won the tender to operate the Northern Club in Lautoka with the opening scheduled for early next month.

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