A DEVELOPMENT plan to reconstruct a jetty on the south end of Taveuni by a private group has been delayed.
The Waimaqera Land Purchase Co-operative Society Ltd has been working on redeveloping the jetty area at Dolphin's Bay in Waimaqera but to no avail.
Group secretary Abhai Kanhaiya said they had written letters to government departments but no response had been forthcoming.
"There is an old jetty in the area and the existing structure is quite strong except that we need to fit in more material so we can use it," Mr Kanhaiya said.
"For the past years, we have been working on this and written to government departments but no one is saying anything.
"We would like to rebuild that jetty so that the ships coming from Suva can just offload the cargo for Vuna at the new jetty instead of having the people travel all the way from Waiyevo side. It is expensive for our people in Vuna who have to spend about $50 on carrier hire."
Mr Kanhaiya said their letters to government departments in the North were to ask for financial assistance.
"So we are still waiting for a response. We have the support of the chiefs and the people of Vuna and the land where the jetty sits belongs to the co-op.
"About 80 per cent of the total dalo supplied from Taveuni comes from the farmers in the south end and that is one of the reasons why we would like to have our own jetty to help farmers."
Acting commissioner Northern Alipate Bolalevu said he was aware of the group's plan but they needed to submit evidence of meetings and support for the project from the people of Vuna.