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Hunter Not Happy With Proposed Savusavu Jetty Expansion

Hunter Not Happy With Proposed Savusavu Jetty Expansion
Adamant in moving forward, Justin Hunter talks with PS Fisheries and Forests, Samuela Lagataki
May 24
11:00 2017

The proposed plan to expand the Savusavu Jetty would be disastrous for the town’s tourism industry, says the Savusavu Tourism Association president Justin Hunter.

“We plead with our Government to understand and recognise that commercial shipping and tourism do not mix, and the demand for commercial shipping is in fact driven by visitor arrivals,” Mr Hunter said.

“In this case we hope people understand the need to keep our town green and visitor friendly.”

He said that this planned expansion would affect the set-up of the natural environment which was a major boost for their tourism economy.

“The expansion of Savusavu Jetty for commercial purposes in the middle of our scenic town would be a disaster for our tourism industry and greater community.”

He said those concerned must consider the long term implications and economic impact such a rash decision would have on the number one earner of foreign currency and jobs.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer John Hutchinson said the provision of an additional ramp for Roll On Roll Off (RORO) ferries through the planned expansion was under review following objections from recent stakeholders consultation.

“We anticipate that this would further increase economic and tourism activity in Savusavu and for Vanua Levu,” he said.

“However the FRA has received significant objections to the proposed upgrade from the Savusavu Town Council and a number of private property owners in the vicinity of the Jetty.”

These objections he said were focused on the expanded jetty; increased congestion through the township, in particular heavy vehicle movement; and concerns over the availability of parking near the jetty.

“The FRA needs to work through these objections and engage with all stakeholders to ensure the best possible outcomes.”

Mr Hutchinson said they had advertised the tender for the Detailed Design and Construction of Savusavu Jetty. They hope to start works later in the year.

 

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