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Let’s Go Local: Diamond-Lit Udu Point Beach For Brook

Bill Brook, the geologist who discovered the Tuvatu gold deposit in 1988, describes himself as ancient. To prove it, the managing director for mineral exploration company Mineral Exploration(Fiji) Pte Limited,
31 Aug 2021 17:02
Let’s Go Local: Diamond-Lit Udu Point Beach For Brook
The view over Udu Point in Macuata, from the light house. Inset: Bill Brook outside his home in Nadi. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Bill Brook, the geologist who discovered the Tuvatu gold deposit in 1988, describes himself as ancient.

To prove it, the managing director for mineral exploration company Mineral Exploration(Fiji) Pte Limited, says he doesn’t even own a smartphone.

He arrived in Fiji with the French group of mineral explorers, Aquitaine in 1975, for a United Nations Conference on manganese nodules.

He has remained for most of the time since, apart from time in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu

Mr Brook has spent close to 60 years in the mineral exploration field in Australia, and the southwest Pacific.

As a geologist, he has travelled extensively throughout Fiji.

“I have so many fond memories of places I have visited in Fiji,” Mr Brook said.

According to Bloomberg, he was a former executive director for the Australian listed Geopacific Resources, which through its Fiji subsidiary, found the Tuvatu gold deposits in 1988.

He also founded Akura Ltd, a private company headquartered in Nadi, Fiji.

The company undertook oil and gas exploration in Fiji from 2006 to 2014, with encouraging results.

However, due to the proposed ban on fossil fuels, Akura has ceased all operations in Fiji.

Mr Brook concentrates on gold exploration in Fiji now.

He is a private person, who enjoys history as a hobby, in so far as it helps explain what, why and where we are today.

What is one place in Fiji you would take friends to, and why?

Udu Point, in Vanua Levu.

The beaches look like they’re covered with diamonds, but in reality are only quartz crystals weathering out of the surrounding volcanic rocks.

It reminds me of the Phantom’s mythical gold beach in his comics from my childhood.

What is your favourite spot for a coffee/pie?

Anna’s across RB Patel, Nadi, for a coffee and croissant with close friends.

What is your favourite backyard spot, and why?

My own backyard at home, in Mountain View, with a beer.

It overlooks a large vacant paddock with no visible houses, rods or suburbia; just the distant mountains, if the grass is not too high.

What is one place on your bucket list, and why?

Ono-i-Lau. It is the southernmost part of Fiji, and I have never been there.

Feedback: frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj



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