IN light of the recent announcement for the construction of a $290 million casino in Nadi, a women's group from Rakiraki has voiced its concerns on the new development before the Constitution Commission.
Speaking on behalf of the Rakiraki Womens Club, Salote Marama said no casino should be built in the country.
"We've been hearing that there we will be a casino built in Fiji but we, the women of Rakiraki, unanimously agree that no casino should be established in Fiji," Ms Marama said.
The development of the $290 million casino resort on Denarau Island has begun and construction is expected to end by October next year.
Since being granted a licence last year, developers One Hundred Sands Limited said the casino was expected to create more than 900 jobs for locals.
Among the Rakiraki Womens Club's other submissions was a plea for an end to Fiji's coup culture.
"I urge that Fiji's coup culture should be stopped and that those that participate in overthrowing a democratically-elected government not be granted immunity," Ms Marama said.
She also urged that the budget allocation for the Ministry of Social Welfare be increased and for free medicine to be offered to patients from local hospitals and medical centres.