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Landowners Can Take Back Land: Minister

There are four conditions for the withdrawal of land from the Land Bank, Minister for Land and Mineral Resources Mere Vuniwaqa explained yesterday. Responding to a question from Social Democratic
02 Dec 2014 10:28
Landowners Can Take Back Land: Minister
The leader of Government Business Pio Tikoduadua gives the thumbs up to a colleague as Government members Ratu Inoke Kubuabola (front), Faiyaz Koya(middle), Jone Usamate (right) and Lorna Eden take a break during parliamentary proceedings yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There are four conditions for the withdrawal of land from the Land Bank, Minister for Land and Mineral Resources Mere Vuniwaqa explained yesterday.

Responding to a question from Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)  member of Parliament Josefa Dulakiverata, Ms Vuniwaqa clarified that:

– Trustees of the land make a formal request to the relevant ministry
– Five years need to have passed since the deposit of the land in the Land Bank
– Land in question is not leased to anyone
– Land should not be leased in the one year immediately after the request for cessation of designation is made.

She revealed that there were 79 parcels of land deposited in the Land Bank.  Of this, 26 were currently leased.
The Government has allocated $2.5 million in the 2015 Budget for the development and surveying of land in the Land Bank.

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