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Authority checks on Lau jetties

FRA chief Neil Cook said they were undertaking jetty inspections on all the outer and main islands jetties. Ana Sovaraki suva The Fiji Roads Authority has deployed a team to
27 Mar 2014 10:09

FRA chief Neil Cook said they were undertaking jetty inspections on all the outer and main islands jetties.

The jetty at Yasawa-i-Rara will be repaired by the Fiji Roads Authority. Photo: FRA

Ana Sovaraki
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The Fiji Roads Authority has deployed a team to inspect jetties on Lakeba and Cicia in the Lau Group this week.
Authority chief executive officer Neil Cook said this was part of a comprehensive programme of jetty inspections to take place over the next few months. He said next week the team would move to Kadavu.
“FRA currently has 45 jetties which we are responsible for. We expect this number to increase over time,” Mr Cook said.
He said from what they had seen to date and from information provided by other stakeholders such as shipping companies they expected most jetties would require considerable maintenance.
“In many cases jetties will require replacement either due to their condition or the fact that they are not suitable for the vessels that want to use them.
“FRA will work closely with shipping companies, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and other Government agencies to prioritise works on outer islands and main islands jetties,” Mr Cook said.
He said this was part of FRA’s overall work programme that sees jetties, bridges and roads across Fiji benefiting from Government’s commitment to address years of neglect.
“For many outer islands their jetties are the key lifeline to the outside world. Years of under-investment and neglect are now being addressed and this is a clear signal that the outer islands are very much a part of FRA’s focus,” Mr Cook said.
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