HOUSING Authority of Fiji is considering partially outsourcing some technical services in the new year intending to double up on the housing projects that are in the pipeline.
HA spokesman Dwain Qalovaki said they had housing projects like the Waila City and Tacirua East Stage 2 that had started and they were looking to engage a whole gambit of technical consultants and firms to look into different facets of upcoming projects.
"This including Wainibuku and Nepani in the Central Division, Matavolivoli Stage 2, Nadi and Koroisalusalu, Tavua as well as Naqere, Savusavu," Mr Qalovaki said. He said the main reason behind hiring those skilled persons was to form their panel of consultants. "This is to ensure that we are also able to begin initial designing and further technical work in the new year for other housing projects earmarked outside the main centres of business development and include housing and mixed developed projects in the outer islands like Levuka in Ovalau, Vunisea on Kadavu and Nabouwalu in Bua," he said.
HA has visited the mataqali (landowning units) in those areas to discuss the development projects and subsequently, they have applied for development leases to the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB).
"HA is looking at the panel as a group that will supplement our work and we anticipate that all the contractors will be hired from the local workforce," Mr Qalovaki said.