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WG Friendship Plaza Hopes To Talk With The Anglican Church After Stop Order Notice

While both sides remain mum about the issue, it is understood that the stop order was issued as a result of an alleged breach of boundary laws.
20 Jun 2019 09:10
WG Friendship Plaza Hopes To Talk With The Anglican Church After Stop Order Notice
Suva City Council (SCC) issued a stop order for the construction of the WG Friendship Plaza. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Despite a stop work order issued by the Suva City Council (SCC) for the construction of the WG Friendship Plaza, their legal team is seeking dialogue with the Anglican Church.

WG Friendship Plaza confirmed that a stop order was issued last month over building works and material allegedly encroaching onto the church’s Holy Trinity Primary School.

While both sides remain mum about the issue, it is understood that the stop order was issued as a result of an alleged breach of boundary laws.

The SCC had stepped in after the Anglican Church brought the complaint against the project for encroaching on their boundaries.

WG Friendship Plaza lawyer Katriena Wong said from last year they had been contacting the Church to resolve the matter but the church was silent.

“Construction staff associated with WG were sent back home due to the uncertainty surrounding the current dilemma,” she said.

Repercussions

Ms Wong said this would delay their plan for the completion of the building and would incurred more additional cost which were not factored into the original budget.

“Additional travel expenses incurred in sending back the workers home.

“We have construction material and equipment which we have committed to lease our external suppliers. They can’t pick up the phone and request for these equipment delivery to be put on hold. Contracts need to be honoured or else, Breach of Contract.”

She said that potential buyers had shown an interest but the delay hinders the sale of the units.

Impact

Ms Wong is adamant that the construction of the WG Friendship Plaza paints a bright and positive picture to potential investors.

“The completion of this project will send a positive message to all those potential overseas investors.

“Resolution needs to be done so this massive project can be completed rather than a 30-storey eyesore if left incomplete.”

She said Fiji was being denied more opportunity with the delay, especially the local labour market. This, she said sends a negative message to all the potential investors in Fiji and shows that Fiji does not have mature market for investors.

“Let’s all work together to sort this out and move forward. This construction is an iconic statement to the world to showcase the growth and potential available in Fiji.”

With millions already invested in this landmark project, management are optimistic that an amicable and mutual agreement is reached to resolve the matter.

“Rather than creating a red tape bureaucracy, let’s paint a positive image that depicts Fiji as a country for potential investors to have faith in,” Ms Wong said.

Fiji Sun contacted the Anglican Church yesterday. They did not want to comment on the matter but asked for more time and understanding.

Feedback: lusiana.tuimaisala@fijisun.com.fj

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