Local News in Brief
A WIDE range of problems and grievances were raised by members of the public when they met Lands Ministry officials in Nadi this week.
A crown lessee in Ba said he was at the meeting to request that his rent arrears of about $1000 be reduced.
The tenant said the two floods early last year and Tropical Cyclone Evan affected his ability to make payments.
A LARGE number of State land tenants sought renewal of their lease when they met a Ministry of Lands team conducting face to face meeting with members of the public.
However, Director Lands Mosese Tagicakibau said all lease renewal cases would be closely scrutinised because of the number of lessees who have breached their lease agreements.
"Those who breached lease conditions will not be entitled to a renewal unless the lessee has sorted out their problems with the ministry," he said.
Apart from State land lessees, it was noted that native landowners were seeking the advice of Lands Ministry officials.
They had common problems like issues dealing with village boundary extensions.
They also sought advice and information on the government's land bank initiative.
The Lands Department team moves to Ba today having completed meetings in Sigatoka, Nadi and Lautoka.