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Nawi Island Development To Boost North

Nawi Island Development To Boost North
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (middle) with the children during the opening of Vunisalusalu Central School two new classrooms in Cakaudrove Province yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU
January 15
12:30 2016

Nawi Island in Savusavu Bay will be one of the few marinas in Fiji offering year round protected mooring with quality facilities.

This was revealed by Nawi Island Limited managing director Michael Gann to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and heads of various Government departments during the orientation in the island yesterday.

“Nawi Island Limited was established in 2004 to develop these islands into an international resort, hotel marina and for sale managed real estate,” Mr Gann said.

“To date the company has invested $15 million in the property, entitlements and design.”

Nawi Marina, he said, would meet the yacht insurance company requirements throughout the cyclone season and it has easy access through the main deep water channel allowing space for larger vessels.

“Savusavu is the most popular destination with 77.6 per cent of visiting yachts,” he said.

“It is usually the first port of call and generally the last.”

He said the international visiting yachts contribute to the Fijian economy approximately $30m per year for the last three years.

“The market is rapidly growing. Savusavu already has the demand to fill our marina and 536 out of 700 yachts in Fiji visit Savusavu.”

Nawi’s development, he said, would help facilitate positive growth and create substantial additional employment in the North.

“Our goal is to increase education and trade skills of local people to create employment opportunities.

“Now we are preparing to begin with marina excavation.”

They are also overcoming challenges like access to road, water, electricity and energy.

Mr Gann announced that the completion of the dry dock would be done by 2017.

Mr Bainimarama was very pleased and impressed to hear about the investment and development of Nawi Island Limited.

After the orientation he asked Mr Gann: “What help do you need from us? We have all the heads of various Government Department to assist you.”

Mr Gann said the most challenges they face was trying to get access to water, electricity and transportation.

Mr Bainimarama after the orientation made a tour around the island and had conversation with Mr Gann on various issues and ways to assist him with the project.

 

Edited by Paula Tuvuki
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