RATEPAYERS of Sigatoka hope to bring in positive changes with the help of the authorities in the new year.
The Sigatoka Ratepayers, Tenants and Citizens Association would offer development ideas to the Sigatoka Town Council.
Association secretary Suresh Naidu said the new group would provide a voice for ratepayers and residents who want improved services.
"There wasn't a clear representation of Sigatoka citizens and for ratepayers, so we decided to form this group to bring together these people and hear some of their concerns," he said.
"We wanted to have a platform where we could better represent everyone paying rates to the town council and would like some work done in certain areas."
Mr Naidu said the association discussed issues such as market vendor stalls, taxi operators and retail space.
"We don't really have a lot to offer our ratepayers in terms of services and amenities, so we are going to have a meeting later this week to discuss how best we can assist the Sigatoka Town Council in their delivery of services to their citizens."
Mr Naidu said the association would also discuss the payment of rates.
"There are a lot of things the association would like to address with the town council and one of them would be town rates.
"We're always hoping that rates could be charged at a decent rate and at an amount that people in Sigatoka can afford."
The association will meet in Sigatoka tomorrow.