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Town expansion planned

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

THE Sigatoka Town Council is looking at extending its boundaries because of an increase in the number of new building applications received this year.

Council chief executive officer Anand Pillay said they received applications for projects valued at about $1.9 million compared to last year's building projects valued at $260,000.

He said the town had grown rapidly with more new shops opened this year.

"We have also created more than 150 new jobs which is a boost to our economy," said Mr Pillay.

"We are quite impressed with the increasing number of building applications received by our office each month and this shows the town is booming.

Mr Pillay also attributed the growth to the impact of the hotels along the Coral Coast. "We are also talking with other stakeholders with regards to the town boundary extension."

The council has set aside $35,000 for the construction of new public toilets for Sigatoka's increasing population.

"Sigatoka is the transit town and the gateway to Nadi and Lautoka, therefore we need to have quality facilities to cater for all citizens," he said.