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Yacata Seawall Plans In The Govt Pipeline

The people of Yacata Island have been promised their first ever seawall to be constructed by the Government. In a recent Government consultation on their island last week, the Turaga
30 Oct 2016 11:00
Yacata Seawall Plans In The Govt Pipeline
Some of the women of Yacata Island. Photo: Josaia Ralago

The people of Yacata Island have been promised their first ever seawall to be constructed by the Government.

In a recent Government consultation on their island last week, the Turaga ni Koro (Village headman) Peniqusa Taione said this announcement was a timely one.

Mr Taione informed the Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management, Joeli Cawaki, they had made the request during the maritime tour last year but it still had not been addressed.

“We have made numerous requests to the department responsible for the construction of seawalls but it seems like it has fallen on deaf ears until this visit,” he said.

“These requests were made way before the cyclone hit our island.”

While addressing this request, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea informed Mr Taione that this delay was caused by the change in the financial year which is from August to July.

“We will however send a team to the island in the second quarter which starts from January,” Mr Vocea said. “During this visit, the team will inspect and see what all that is needed for the construction of the seawall before works start.”

Mr Taione said that they were experiencing first-hand the damages done by the sea on their beachfront.

“Sea level rise has been an issue of concern in the village and that is why we need a seawall to protect our shores from the waves,” he said.

Mr Taione had also indicated the village’s intention to relocate in the near future.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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