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Council Discusses Plastic-free Idea

A plastic free proposal was among issues to be discussed by the Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council. If it is approved, Nadroga-Navosa will become the first province to ban the use of
29 Jun 2017 10:17
Council Discusses  Plastic-free Idea
Some of the chiefs at the Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council meeting at the Nahigatoka Village Hall, Sigatoka on June 28, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A plastic free proposal was among issues to be discussed by the Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council.

If it is approved, Nadroga-Navosa will become the first province to ban the use of plastics.

It means it will look at substitutes for plastics. For example, instead of putting their shopping in a plastic bag, they will take their own non-plastic bag.

Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua spoke on the issue when he opened the Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council Meeting and Roadshow at the Nahigatoka Village Hall, yesterday.

“I have high hopes that our province could be the first to initiate a plastic-free province. That will be a first for Fiji,” he said.

“There is a need to increase awareness of the protection of our qoliqoli area to make it sustainable for the next generation to follow.

“Let’s protect our ecosystems and our oceans,” he said.

He said plastic rubbish had ended up on the coast and harmed the ecosystem. It had also affected those who depended on the marine life for their food and economic livelihood.

Mr Katonitabua also urged the members of the council to carry out their roles properly.

Nadroga-Navosa Provincial Council chairperson Ratu Aisea Vosailagi said, they were fortunate to have their meeting after the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York.

“We have been briefed on the discussion from that conference. Our resolution in this meeting will be disseminated to the villages for the preservation of our environment and natural resources,” he said.

He noted that since their last meeting in November last year, one outstanding issue was communication.

He said people living in the highlands were still experiencing connectivity problems because of the distance and the terrain.

The two-day meeting ends today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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