THE Tagimoucia Carnival on the island of Taveuni started in a grand way yesterday, attracting people from all walks of life.
The carnival is aimed at raising funds for the island's landfill site.
Officiating the opening of the carnival, Father Michael McVerry of the Tutu Marist Training Centre said plans of setting up a site was hatched 22 years ago since his tenure at the Taveuni Rural Planning.
However, Fr McVerry said no measures were taken to ensure the plan's success.
District Officer Taveuni Peni Tora said they were glad that people had great concern over the lack of a proper waste dump site on the island.
He said they were given a piece of land for the temporary site and that plans were underway for the construction of a proper site in Matei.
"The carnival is aimed at raising money for the landfill and people have come in numbers to support the effort," he said.
Carnival organising committee member Robin Kelly said the carnival was successful through the joint effort of concerned residents.
"This is a start to something big and the carnival will get bigger and better every year," she said.
"We are concerned about the improper garbage disposal methods on the island and we find the need to establish a dump site to address this issue.
"Compared to the rest of the world the problem of waste pollution in Fiji is not as bad when compared to other developed countries."
Mrs Kelly said people's view and mind-set needed to change. She also said locals needed to be proud of their natural environment while at the same time learn to take care of it.
People of all ages gathered at Holy Cross Secondary School grounds in Wairiki to participate in the activities.