LABASA Town's senior citizens yesterday gathered at the Labasa Chamber of Commerce to make submissions on strategies to develop the town.
Town clerk Jitendra Prasad said the initiative was part of the council's plans to involve senior citizens who had served in government and other sectors of society to actively contribute towards town planning and decision making.
"A total of 15 senior citizens attended the submissions hearing this morning and it was very interesting to know what our citizens think should be done to the town in order to improve and develop its current status," Mr Prasad said.
"Our initial invitation had gone out to 40 senior citizens but the fact that some of them attended was really encouraging.
"Not all of their submissions will be taken into account by the council, since we can only touch on issues that fall within our scope of work."
Senior citizen Miriama Dimoce said the gathering of the elderly to submit their views was a good sign of how the town council valued its senior citizens.
"Many of us have served in various sectors and have different experiences during our young days and have with us ideas that may be needed to lift the standard of Labasa Town," she said.
One of the submissions given to the council was the improvement of amenities such as the need for proper road crossings and regular traffic light maintenance.
Mr Prasad confirmed the council was planning to tender contract works to ensure ratepayers receive the best service.