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‘Clean Villages Vital During Cyclone Season’

Villagers of Mali Island welcomed a team from the Macuata Provincial Council to celebrate and organise a clean-up campaign on International Coastal Clean-up Day. Nakawaqa Village headman, Henry Koliniwai, said
03 Nov 2022 04:30
‘Clean Villages Vital During Cyclone Season’
A team from the Macuata Provincial Administration Office joined Mali Islanders in the clean-up campaign marking International Coastal Clean-up Day on October 28, 2022.

Villagers of Mali Island welcomed a team from the Macuata Provincial Council to celebrate and organise a clean-up campaign on International Coastal Clean-up Day.

Nakawaqa Village headman, Henry Koliniwai, said the clean-up was organised at all three villages of Nakawaqa, Ligualevu and Vesi. It was from that community members joined in this initiative.

Three groups were formed and sent to each village to carry out their respective clean-up campaigns.

Mr Koliniwai said it was their custodian responsibility as coastal communities to ensure that rubbish and harmful debris that encroached through their marine environment.

 

Environment 

“Environment cleanliness is a vital practice Fijians must engage in to ensure their surroundings are safe and well-maintained, especially during this cyclone season,” he said.

“On behalf of the entire Mali Island community, we thank the teams for their arrival and evoking interest on our part to safeguard and keep our coastal environment clean.

“We will continue to engage in village beautification at all times for healthy living and to avoid the outbreak of any infectious diseases.”

Mr Koliniwai said the clean-up was vital because it allowed them to prepare early for the cyclone season by clearing lying debris/rubbish for the health of villagers.

 

He stressed that most of the rubbish was sourced from the large rivers in Labasa where factory waste and non-erodible rubbish were dumped.

“Rubbish floats and lands near our Island or gets stuck in the mangroves,” he said.

Plastic bottles and diapers were some of the non-erodible products found.

He requested authorities like Fiji Sugar Corporation and industrial factories to consider proper waste disposal methods at all times.

The programme was funded through World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

 

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