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Poor roads affect highlanders

Jone Kalouniviti
Thursday, April 10, 2014

THE villagers of Draubuta in the Navosa highlands are hoping someone will hear their request to fix the eight-kilometre feeder road which connects their village to the main road.

"We hope this will be raised at the provincial meeting," said Draubuta village headman Mesake Nawase.

The meeting will be held tomorrow.

"We have raised this issue in the past but we have had no reply to date.

"The challenge for us is when we cart our produce to be sold at Sigatoka, the road is very bad from the village to the main road and cannot be accessed by car.

"We are thankful though improvements have been done to the water system but the tank often dries up too in the hot weather."

Mr Nawase said the village had a population of about 400 who were all farmers.

Fiji Roads Authority CEO Neil Cook said there were plans in the pipeline to look at access roads in Navosa.

"Preliminary investigation work is planned to take place soon on the Draubuta access road," he said.

"We are currently carrying out scoping works on Matokana access road and Nasauvarua access road in Navosa."