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Minister Meets Ratepayers

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar met with a group of ratepayers yesterday to hear their grievances for the proposed hotel development at Lautoka’s Shirley Park. Mr
05 Nov 2014 10:54
Minister Meets Ratepayers

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Parveen Kumar met with a group of ratepayers yesterday to hear their grievances for the proposed hotel development at Lautoka’s Shirley Park.

Mr Kumar says the meeting hosted at the Lautoka City Council chambers gave the chance to clear the air with the ratepayers.

“There was some misconception of what people thought that the proposed development will happen in the whole of Shirley Park,” Mr Kumar said.

“That is not the truth. Only one- third of Shirley Park will be utilised for the proposed development.”

He said any project undertaken in Lautoka should benefit everyone and the proposed development would address complaints received on the shortage of accommodation.

“There is a huge shortage of accommodation in Lautoka,” he said.

Mr Kumar said the Sugar City did not have a fully equipped convention centre to host meetings and conference compared to Nadi’s Denarau Island.

Currently, there is no convention centre which has the capacity to seat more than 100 people.

Foreshore development

However, he said, the area used in the proposed development site, would be compensated on the reclamation of the foreshore adjacent to the park.

The foreshore development will see reclamation from the Queens Wharf to Namoli Village in Lautoka. The Minister said 120 job opportunities would be created during the construction phase of the proposed development.

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