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$119k for use of land

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, July 13, 2014

MEMBERS of the Valelevu landowning unit of the Somosomo clan in Taveuni have so far received $119,000 as goodwill from the hydro project which is progressing on their land.

Clan representative Vueti Logayau said the plans for the hydro project were actually hatched in 1980.

Mr Logayau said previous governments had made some progress but nothing had actually eventuated.

"We are thankful that the Bainimarama-led government has finally brought these plans to reality," he said.

"In 2008 the plan for the hydro project plans was endorsed by the current government.

"We have so far received 16 per cent of the total premium that is part of the goodwill for the project."

Mr Logayau said they had earlier received $36,000 as part of the goodwill for the removal of forests for the project.

"We have another $150,000 pending to be paid to the clan and we are working closely with the iTaukei Land Trust Board.

"The goodwill is in three phases and so far we have received the first phase consisting of the $36,000.

"The goodwill covers forest reserves cleared for the purpose of building roads for the project site."

Mr Logayau also confirmed they were dealing directly with the director of Lands instead of the Land Bank.

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