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Jetty plan

Litia Vulaidausiga And Torika Chandra
Saturday, August 02, 2014

THE Fiji Roads Authority says it is working with a contractor on an alternate jetty design for Yasawa-i-Rara in the Yasawa Group.

The jetty was left battered by Tropical Cyclone Evan in December 2012.

FRA chief executive officer Neil Cook said they found their original design for the jetty was likely to be inappropriate.

"We had a project to go and remediate the jetty," he said earlier this week.

"Unfortunately, when we went in to start rebuilding that, whilst we had concerns about the original construction, it was actually far worse than what we thought.

"The good thing about that is that the alternative we are looking at will hopefully provide a much better end-product and likely to cost us less money."

He said they expected the project to progress to completion within the next two to three months, and hopefully have something more usable for the people of Yasawa-i-Rara, stressing that the villagers had been reasonably resilient.

"There's a part of the jetty still intact and at the moment, the supply boat uses that. It is very inconvenient but the people are making the most of what's available to them."

In June, Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions Fiji were awarded the lucrative contract to repair the jetty, valued at $2.6million.

Yasawa district representative Siona Ratulevu said they looked forward to its completion as rough winds had previously blown off boats lined up on the beach.

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