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Environment conscious

Serafina Silaitoga
Saturday, February 08, 2014

THE development of Nawi Island in Savusavu will be done with environmental issues given due consideration.

Nawi Island executive director design and construction, Mike Gann said they would ensure the project and infrastructure were designed with an environmentally sensitive approach.

"It is not only important to me as the builder that this is an environmentally-conscious project from start to finish, and we carry that through to the marina and resort operations, but it is the right thing to do for Fiji.

"Fiji to portray this to the world and attract an eco-sensitive market. Along with the Nawi Resort and Marina project, we plan to work with local schools to start a mangrove rehabilitation project.

"Investors have contributed significant resources and we feel fortunate to be here in the beautiful Fiji Islands and have the opportunity to work on a project such as this."

Mr Gann said the investors and his team were committed to the project with a true appreciation for Fiji, its people and culture.

"This has been a great inspiration to me. I look at the opportunity here in Fiji to learn as much as I can about the culture and incorporate that into the project.

"With the natural beauty of Nawi Island and Savusavu Bay, complemented by a tasteful and understated luxury resort and marina, there is no doubt as to the potential to make it one of the most incredible destinations in the world."

Mr Gann will work closely with locals and train them in the field of construction and building.

"I am excited to work with and train Fijian workers and sharing my knowledge and experience to create something special here in Fiji.

"Through my previous projects I have gained an in-depth familiarity with both private and public sector design and build work and have worked extensively with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Air Force."