NONE of the 13 municipal councils in Fiji has a professional town planner.
This was revealed by the Department of Town and Country Planning acting director Raijeli Taylor.
Speaking at the Lautoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bank of South Pacific business forum last Saturday, she said the department, along with the government, was working towards addressing the issue.
"The government through the ministry, together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international organisations such as UN Habitat is playing a major role in trying to boost capacities and knowledge to assist in urban planning and urban management in the various councils," she said.
"These much needed roles are important in managing growth in our urban and rural centres and communities and ensuring that they grow with family objectives and council vision and co-operation," she said.