TAKING government services to people in remote and isolated communities has received positive responses from residents, businesses and government agencies.
According to an Information Ministry statement, the overwhelming response and support at a roadshow in Nadarivatu was indicative of how the government initiative was well received in the area.
Villagers in the highlands said having the opportunity to conduct business and make enquiries without having to travel to urban centres like Lautoka and Suva saved them time and money.
"I never imagined that this would happen, that the government would come to us," said Turaga na Tui Nasoqo Ratu Tevita Railave from Navai Village.
"I'm glad that through this government, important state services once inaccessible to us are now here."
The 74-year-old said it was difficult to address the needs of his people because of the geographical isolation of his village.
Tavua social welfare officer Samuela Waqairamasi said his team received more than 110 applications for assistance in one day from young mothers and families with no source of income.
"In the last two days of this roadshow, we have had an overwhelming response from the communities who come all the way from the provinces of Naitasiri, Ba, Navosa, Nadroga and Ra," he said.
"These are mainly rural communities that live in the upper hills of these provinces."