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Ministry Aware of $5m Wharf Plan

Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau said the ministry was aware of the proposed development of a wharf along the Tailevu North coast. “Yes we are aware
28 Feb 2018 14:25
Ministry Aware of $5m Wharf Plan
Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau.

Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources Malakai Finau said the ministry was aware of the proposed development of a wharf along the Tailevu North coast.

“Yes we are aware of this proposed development and we had been notified through an application for State foreshore which was made in 2017,” Mr Finau said.

“However the state foreshore is still in application stage.

“If one wants to build a wharf, Government will first consult with all relevant agencies and then decide whether the development is carried out or not.”

Mr Finau made the comment following local shipping tycoon George Goundar’s revelation of his plan to build a $5 million wharf.

“I have the consent of the landowners and the concerned Government agency also knows,” Goundar Shipping managing director Mr Goundar said.

“We’re planning to start operations from Tailevu North in January, 2019 or December, 2018.”

Mr Goundar has a fleet of five inter-island vessels; the latest the Lomaiviti Princess V which has the capacity to carry more than a thousand passengers.

Mr Goundar has more than 30 years of international experience in the shipping industry in Canada before coming back to Fiji. He was born and raised in the Batiri Estate in Koro, Lomaiviti.

Meanwhile, the Ratu of Namena, Tui Nawaivono, Ratu Filimone Verebalavu said that there has not been any approval to construct a jetty or wharf in the area.

Ratu Filimone said as traditional iqoliqoli owner he was not aware of the plans by Goundar Shipping to construct a new wharf along the coast.

Ratu Filimone said the location of the Natovi jetty was sufficient for the area.

“We will not allow any more jetty construction in our qoliqoli. Natovi Jetty is enough for now and the future,” he  said.

He said the villages that came under his jurisdiction in the vanua of Namena included the villages of Nananu, Namena, Burelevu, Lawaki, Delaikuku, Nadrano, Qelekuro, Dranu, Luvunavuaka and Veicorocoro.




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