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Jetty inspections

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, April 24, 2014

THE inspection of jetties in the Northern Division by the Fiji Roads Authority will be completed in three months, says maintenance manager Dave Nicholls.

During a visit to Labasa, Mr Nicholls said the authority was committed to completing all initial inspections of jetties in the region and the rest of the country this year.

"When Fiji Roads first came in as a stand alone government entity in January 2013, I think there were about 12 jetties that we were responsible for.

"I think it's about 45 jetties now," he said.

"One of the big issues that we have to address now is actually getting around to all the remote islands to inspect them and to see what their conditions are.

"We need to get around to all the remote islands with remote jetties so that we can inspect them.

"That's a huge logistical issue right now.

"We have inspected some jetties last year but this year, we have made a commitment to have a team specifically go out and do an initial inspection of the rest of jetties.

"This will be done in about three months this year."

He said the cost of of the maintenance of the jetties would be part and parcel of the $120million budget allocation given by the government.

"We have a maintenance budget of around $120m but that is for jetties, bridges and roads for the whole of Fiji.

"That's the main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu and of course other islands including Taveuni and Kadavu.

"That is the budget that government has given us to work with and we are working within that budget to do what we can.

"A major project could depend on the size of the jetty and that could cost between $2m and $3m."

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