THE people of Tavua have been urged to put their differences aside and contribute positively to the economic growth of the town and the country as a whole.
Speaking at the official launching of the Goldwater Festival in Tavua, acting permanent secretary for Local Government Jale Fotofili encouraged the town citizens to support the carnival.
He said the objective of the festival was to raise funds for town beautification and other planned projects by the council.
"Our town is our reflection and through this event, all of us will contribute to making our town more attractive and encourage other people, especially tourists, to visit our towns," Mr Fotofili said.
"I know the town is small but the people here have big hearts and support and have a lot of pride for their town. I am sure the beautification and other planned projects are not only for ratepayers as the special administrator Arun Prasad has always said that the town belongs to the people of Tavua therefore, the beautification will be for the district to showcase its achievements for the benefit of our children and for the visitors," he said.
Mr Fotofili said the festival would also allow the various races in the area to converge for a worthy cause.
"It involves a cross section of all communities and I think we should not underestimate the wider impact of coming together as a town people in the spirit of enjoyment, fun and goodwill. This leads to promoting nation building, unity and tolerance and it is time to put our differences aside and unite."
He thanked the special administrator, the staff of the council and the people of Tavua for supporting this cause. Four contestants will be vying for the Miss Goldwater 2012 crown.