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Talks For Wharf Upgrade

Discussions are underway for the upgrade of Ellington Wharf  in Rakiraki in a bid to make travelling and transportation easier for the general public. Ra provincial administrator, Kelepi Kubunameca, who
19 Aug 2015 10:20
Talks For Wharf Upgrade
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Discussions are underway for the upgrade of Ellington Wharf  in Rakiraki in a bid to make travelling and transportation easier for the general public.

Ra provincial administrator, Kelepi Kubunameca, who is initiating the project discussion said no decision has been made as talks were still underway.

Mr Kubunameca said this project plan is part of the Ra Provincial Development Plan .

“We will be following up on this talk to ensure there is a way forward over  the proposed upgrade plan.

“We have not confirmed the cost to get this wharf upgraded and operational,” Mr Kubunameca said.

The process he mentioned will be in stages and right now it is at the provincial development level.

He said many people will benefit from this upgrade and that is why it is essential to have it materialise.

“Distance wise, it is shorter for people to travel from Ellington to Nabouwalu in Bua compared from Nabouwalu to Natovi,” he said.

“We have the water company here so it would be a great advantage to them as well in terms of logistics and movement.

“It has been a long time now and many have difficulty with accessing other islands unless they have a fibre glass boat.

“It will create a great benefit for many people especially those accessing the northern islands or those incoming.”

Situated on the northern part of Viti Levu, the site a famous kite spot because of the windy conditions.

The Ellington Wharf was once managed by the Fiji Sugar Corporation, as it was used by foreign vessels to load sugar that was produced by the Penang Sugar Mill in Rakiraki.

In the 1980s, Patterson Brothers Shipping Company Limited used their inter-island ferries MV Ovalau, MV Jubilee and MV Princess Ashika to provide daily service from the wharf.

Ra Town Council special administrator Ralulu Cirikiyasawa said he is currently unaware of the condition of the wharf.

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