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Clan Queries Quarry Stoppage

The head of the mataqali Burewatu of Colo-i-Suva Village, Ilisapeci Kalati, yesterday made a proposal to the Government consultation team for her clan to have a quarry. In fact she
18 Jul 2015 12:21
Clan Queries Quarry Stoppage
Residents of Coloi-Suva Village during Public consultations on Government’s five-year and 20-year National Development Plans at Colo-i-Suva Village in Naitasiri yesterday.

The head of the mataqali Burewatu of Colo-i-Suva Village, Ilisapeci Kalati, yesterday made a proposal to the Government consultation team for her clan to have a quarry.
In fact she said everything was ready with the $100,000 goodwill payment given to the landowners and the $40,000 annual lease already signed.
She said just when everything was ready the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) intervened and stopped the work on the quarry.
“We are proposing that this be included in the Five-Year Development Plan as we want the quarry work to continue,” she said.
Villager Napolioni Kobiti also proposed that the iTaukei people be given leases and helped to develop their leased land.
Mr Kobiti said foreigners who had leased lands from the iTaukei people were given more help when developing their land.
Meanwhile villager Timoci Lewenikaci proposed that villagers were to meet with Government officials to discuss on the developments they wanted.
This was unanimously supported by the villagers and they were advised by Government team leader Marika Naiyaga to write a letter.
The village headman confirmed he would deliver the letter next week to their office.
Mr Naiyaga also said he would make sure that Government was well- represented in this meeting so that the villagers’ concerns would be heard.

More visits
The villagers also wanted more visits from the Roko Tui Naitasiri.
Sera Qasi said this would allow the Roko to inspect the developments in the village.

Micro business grant
Villagers also queried the distribution of $1000 to selected recipients in the small and Micro Entreprise Grant Scheme.
They asked if the money could be given to villagers to start their own small businesses.
Mr Naiyaga said only $1 million was set aside by the Government and out of the 27,000 applicants, 7000 qualified and only 1000 received $1000 each.
He said 6000 were left and hopefully they would receive their share when Government had the money.
Mr Naiyaga assured the people of Colo-i-Suva that they would submit their proposals to those responsible for the preparation of the development plans.

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