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Islanders Praise Government

Yasawa-i-Rara villagers had every reason to be celebrating yesterday. Village headman Lasaro Rokomulo, 40, could not hide his joy. He represented the villagers in thanking Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for
05 Nov 2015 12:09
Islanders Praise Government
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during the commissioning of the Yasawa i- rara jetty yesterday.

Yasawa-i-Rara villagers had every reason to be celebrating yesterday.
Village headman Lasaro Rokomulo, 40, could not hide his joy.
He represented the villagers in thanking Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama for their $2.6 million jetty.
He said the jetty would bring tourists back to the island. And that meant more tourism dollars flowing back into Yasawa-i-Rara, he said.
He said the jetty would help the islanders after the old jetty was damaged during Tropical Cyclone Evan in 2012.
“It is a big celebration for us on the island and we are thankful to Government for repairing the damaged jetty,” Mr Rokomulo said.
“We asked Government to assist us with repairing the jetty so we could improve our lives by getting tourists again. Tourism was one of the highest earnings for our village, but we have moved to diving and fishing which are sold to nearby resorts. When we had tourists, the elders earned money, women sold art and craft on the beach, those who knew English would be tour guides during mountain trekking and tours around the island.”
He said the opening of the jetty would see cruise ships returning. Over reliance on fishing would be reduced which could conserve marine life for their future generation.
Mr Rokomulo said since the 1980s, they had been using a pontoon.
“For more then 10 years we had been using the pontoon and no cruise ship stopped around here.”
Soqosoqo Vakamarama Nukuvula chairperson Ikinesi Lewaseni, 52, said their members would benefit from the opening of the jetty.
“This will boost us to work hard to make and sell more handicrafts for the tourist market. We thank Government for not forgetting us because this is the last island in the Yasawa Group,” Ms Lewaseni said.

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