DISCUSSIONS will be held between the Sigatoka Town Council and the Fiji Roads Authority this week on the future of the old Sigatoka bridge.
During consultations with ratepayers last month, Sigatoka special administrator Jay Whyte unveiled a proposal to turn the eyesore into a bustling cafÃ© and handicraft zone.
"We will meet with the FRA this week to discuss the old bridge," he said
"We certainly see it as an asset for the town and want to utilise it to develop tourism and provide locals with another leisure area that has an amazing view of Fiji's longest river."
Mr Whyte said, to his understanding, the cost of demolishing the old bridge had been pegged at more than $2million. "Instead of spending money to remove it, it would make sense to develop it into a tourist attraction and area where locals can enjoy the river and create new business."