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'Gardens, park stay'

Shayal Devi
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THERE is no truth in the announcements that the botanical gardens and Fenner Park in Lautoka will be used by the Fiji National University to build a medical campus.

This was confirmed by Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala.

"While the Lautoka City Council welcomes the decision of FNU to invest $32million in the Western Division, we will assist them in identifying land available within and outside the city," he said.

This comes after FNU vice-chancellor Dr Ganesh Chand announced earlier this week that he had put forward proposals to stakeholders to give a part of Fenner Park and botanical gardens to FNU to build a $30m medical campus.

Mr Bala said Fenner Park and the botanical gardens were a vital part of Lautoka and held a sentimental attachment for residents.

"We do not want to congest our city because at the moment, we have very little space for expansion of commercial activities.

"There will be a stakeholders meeting to inform them of FNUs plan for the Western Division, in particular Lautoka.

"I would also like to add that FNU should consider looking at the Ba campus."

He said the university's property in Ba had enough land for development.


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