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Dumping Of Rubbish At Wailoaloa Beach Raises Concern

A regular visitor to Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi has raised his concerns at the dumping of rubbish by some people who use the area. With the festive season upon us,
12 Dec 2017 11:48
Dumping Of Rubbish At Wailoaloa Beach Raises Concern
Nasoni Turagadrau pointing at the rubbish being piled along the Wailoaloa Beach on December 11,2017. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

A regular visitor to Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi has raised his concerns at the dumping of rubbish by some people who use the area.

With the festive season upon us, Kinivuai Buli, 48, of Tailevu, knows the beach will soon be swarming with families who come to relax, swim and enjoy the warm atmosphere.

He said the rubbish they left behind when leaving the beach was not only illegal, but an eyesore.

Mr Buli had made the trip to Wailoaloa Beach for the past 20 years because it has always been a part of his family tradition.

“This is where I take my family to have a swim, picnic or just to pass time, like today we just returned from the farm and came for a quick swim,” he said.

“It’s really sad to see rubbish being dumped here and people are not taking the initiative to clean it up.

Rubbish being piled along the Wailoaloa Beach on December 11,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

Rubbish being piled along the Wailoaloa Beach on December 11,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

Rubbish being piled along the Wailoaloa Beach on December 11,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

Rubbish being piled along the Wailoaloa Beach on December 11,2017. PHOTO: KARALAINI TAVI.

“Despite countless efforts by the Nadi Town Council and people, who have taken the initiative to clean it up, many still continue to carelessly dump their rubbish.”

He added his other concern was the removal of rubbish bins.

“We have noticed a lack of rubbish bins, it seems like people are removing them, which is not a good behaviour,” Mr Buli said.

“This makes the area look unpresentable and it is unsafe for the children because they could get hurt as well.

“Christmas is a season for giving, so we need to give back to nature, by protecting it and looking after our beaches.”

Nadi Town Council chief executive officer Peter Dining said the council cleaned up the Wailoaloa Beach area and would continue to do so

The council is working in partnership with the Nadi Rural Authority to tackle this growing concern.

“The council has attempted to clean the area several times, but people continue to dump rubbish. Some areas along the beach are out of the council’s boundary so we are working with the rural authority on that,” Mr Dining said.

“We anticipate this will be a busy season, but people still need to be responsible and clean the area after using it.”

Edited by Percy Kean

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