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Fiji Museum Assesses Proposed Rezoning

"Chairperson of the Museum Board of Trustees Kate Vusoni­wailala said their archaeology section was conducting research and consultation on the archaeo­logical and paleontological signifi­cance of the site."
12 Feb 2019 02:02
Fiji Museum Assesses Proposed Rezoning

The Fiji Museum is assessing how the rezoning plans for the proposed new Indian High Commission chancery will affect the National Museum and its surrounding properties.

Chairperson of the Museum Board of Trustees Kate Vusoni­wailala said their archaeology section was conducting research and consultation on the archaeo­logical and paleontological signifi­cance of the site.

“We will assess how the devel­opment interfaces with the sur­rounding properties, in particular our National Museum and the sig­nificant heritage botanical feature that exists at Thurston Gardens,” Mrs Vusoniwailala said.

“The findings of this research will be presented for the Board’s consideration, enabling the lat­ter to provide an informed and considered opinion and response prior to the deadline stipulated in the notice to the public.”

She said the Board was aware of the proposed rezoning plans on land allocated for recreational use within the Botanical Gardens and Meke Grounds and acknowledged the significant interest it gener­ated.

“We are appreciative of the transparent manner with which the Suva City Council and the Ministry of Local Government presented the proposed develop­ment,” she said.

“This has provided the Fijian public with an opportunity to re­spond to and raise any potential concerns.”

Members of the public have until February 25 to make submissions about the proposed rezoning plan to the Suva City Council.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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