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Municipality Recognition Awards Bala Pushes Councils to do Better

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala has urged municipalities to vie for three new awards that were not won during the awards night. The three are Health
05 Feb 2017 11:00
Municipality Recognition Awards Bala Pushes Councils to do Better
Permanent Secretaryfor Ministry of local Government,Housing and Environment Joshua Wycliffe,Vice Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Lorna Eden,Minister for Local Government Praveen Kumar with CEO Binesh Naidu with their award at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka last Saturday night. Photo: LITIA TIKOMAILEPANONI

Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment Parveen Bala has urged municipalities to vie for three new awards that were not won during the awards night.

The three are Health and Hygiene Awareness Award, Heritage award, Informal Setters Award.

“The awards have been there but no council has qualified for that award, we cannot give it just for the sake of it, but they have to battle for it” he said.

Mr Bala was at the Local Government Municipality Recognition Awards Night at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Friday night.

“We are trying to enhance the policies that are in place in terms of doing capital projects and other works as well.

“I am very happy the way things are going by the way the municipal market is doing its operations but we have to enhance and see how good we can go.

“There are some areas we are lacking, but it will take some time.”

Nausori

Nausori Town Council is working very hard to be the first town in Fiji to be use solar energy.

The council has undertaken the project in partnership with the Department of Energy under the Energy Minimisation Programme and a company from China.

“I can say that Nausori being the biggest market and it will certainly decrease the council is paying but the more important thing is if we can use the sun that we have and relevant why not make use of it,” Mr Bala said.

“Rooftops are there and restoration plan and I am happy that this year they will put that plan into action.”

Navua declared a town in first quarter

Navua will now be declared the 14th town in the first quarter.

“Navua Town in fact was supposed to be declared in December, as we had made this announcement.”

Unfortunately it was delayed because of the bad weather, he said.

“We must provide road and lighting and FRA had completed that in terms of street lights and we are going to declare Navua Town in the first quarter,” he said.

Nabouwalu

Mr Bala said his team was working closely with Nabouwalu to be upgraded as a town in the coming years.

“In fact my team is working very closely in Nabouwalu,” he said.

“At this point in time for Nabouwalu the scheme plan has been loaded and we have approved doing the detail plan, and the engineering detail plan.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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