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Old Capital prepares for milestone event

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

LEVUKA Town now looks forward to yet another milestone event towards the end of the year — the celebration to declare the Old Capital a World Heritage Site.

Council CEO Suliana Sandy said people of Ovalau would celebrate the event either in October or November.

"A few projects are yet to be implemented before the celebration can take place, that's what the council, the Department of Heritage, National Trust and the Local Government Ministry are trying to get done," Ms Sandy said.

"This includes installing the heritage plaque, also the information panels and a few other things and after we do that then maybe the government will be able to decide when the celebration will be.

"It is going to be another bigger celebration because it will not only involve one entity which in this case involves former scholars of LPS only, it will involve the whole of Ovalau."

Historical sites such as the first government station, the first Hindu temple and Muslim mosque in Fiji, and the first place where a Catholic priest celebrated mass are just a few places why Levuka is so unique.

Ms Sandy said they were also thankful to the people of Ovalau for working together which had assisted in the drop in crime rate on the island.

"The crime rate has fallen in Levuka, thanks to the network we have, the police, the community, the churches — everyone is working hand in hand."

She added last weekend's Levuka Public School reunion brought together the whole of Ovalau and former scholars living in Saudi Arabia, the US, Canada, Dubai, NZ and Australia.

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