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Assistant Minister for Local Government,Housing and Environment Lorna Eden during the Commonwealth Association at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on Yanuca Island yesterday Photo: Litia Tikomailepanoni
November 10
11:40 2016

Fiji is working closely with the Commonwealth Association of Planners, Australia, and New Zealand to form a new Association of Planners in Fiji.

Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden said the main aim is that planning is done in a more sustainable way for the future.

Ms Eden said this during the Commonwealth Association of Planners: Planning for Sustainable Development Conference at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and SPA on Yanuca Island yesterday.

“Everything should be planned well for the future and should be done in a sustainable way,” Ms Eden said.

“We are working very closely with them and we would like to formalise our own, they are also considering forming a Pacific Island Planners Association called PIPA.

“The sooner we can form our own association of planners, the better it would be for Fiji in the long run.

“If there are some guidelines and a body that can work together to ensure it is sustainably done and that we are in the right direction.

“Every country in the world faces challenges and Fiji is no different. We have our own challenges depending on location, on sight, or the type of settlements where people are at the moment,” she said.

“We are fortunate that the Commonwealth Association of Planners held this meeting for the first time in Fiji. We are very fortunate, there is an Associate of planners in Australia and there is already one in New Zealand.”

President of Commonwealth Association of Planners Dyan Currie said the workshop, “is specifically design to look at issues that are facing people in Fiji, and how we might be able to learn in those and how we as a group of professionals are able to help the professionals here as well.”

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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