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Council hears of $5m plan

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, May 22, 2014

PLANS are underway to establish a $5million electrification project in the province of Bua next year.

Speaking at the Bua Provincial Council meeting in Nabouwalu yesterday, acting divisional planning officer North Uraia Rainima said the project was headed by the Investment Fiji Board.

Mr Rainima told members of the council that the board was also looking for investors who would implement the proposed hydro project in Dreketi.

"Government is also working on its intentions for the declaration of Nabouwalu as a town by next year," he said.

"This does not take into account the major projects that are already underway in the province including the Wairiki pine chip factory, bauxite mining and the Dreketi Nabouwalu road refurbishment which is progressing."

The council had earlier questioned the progress of the Nabouwalu township project. Responding to the concerns of the council members, director for Town and Country Planning Talei Rokotuibau said they were still waiting on input from landowners.

"The initial preparation stages for Seaqaqa and Keyasi has already been completed and their respective town plans drawn up," she said.

"We are still waiting for landowners of the proposed town site in Nabouwalu to finalise the plans submitted to them so that we can conclude our work."

Ms Rokotuibau reminded the council that government was keen on completing 80 per cent of its projects by June. Meanwhile Tui Vuya Ratu Amenatave Rabona told the council that they had a development trust committee that was holding talks with the director of Town and Country Planning.

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