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Common Legislation Needed for Qoliqoli Bill

“We find that resort operators charge tourists for a fee to use the certain place of the water surface for recreation, yet the landowners are left idle,” he said. 
31 Aug 2023 16:19
Common Legislation Needed for Qoliqoli Bill
FIJI Beachhouse manager Carmac Brown, Professor Dr Spike Boydell and Keni Bukarau. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

There is a need for common legislation when it comes to doing anything in regard to the Qoliqoli bill.

Resource owner. Keni Bukarau, 49, of Vunaniu, Serua made those remarks during the review consultations of the regulations of the Surfing Areas Act 2010 at the Sigatoka Town Council Chamber on Tuesday. He said landowners or resource owners had been neglected for some time, especially under the said act.

“We find that resort operators charge tourists for a fee to use the certain place of the water surface for recreation, yet the landowners are left idle,” he said.

Fiji Beachhouse manager, Cormac Brown, said, “From the tourist point of view, is the access to the qoliqoli areas, which is a bit of logistical, but needs to be monitored very well. For example, when you register a boat with MSAF (Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji) you have to declare the area where you will operate in.

“Fiji has a world-renowned location (Cloudbreak) in the world and we don’t have a lot of Fijians take up the sport of surfing in the country.”

Consultant Professor Spike Boydell said prior to the Surfing Decree (Decree No. 35 of 2010, which later became the 2010 Act) arrangements for the use of marine areas were informally made between surf, watersports, other users (such as tourist resorts, and other marine-related businesses) and locals.

“These arrangements were not formalised in the way that land-based activities on customary land are managed,” he said.

 

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj 



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