Fiji Time: 11:57 AM on Wednesday 5 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Call to reject EIA

Torika Chandra
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

THE Fiji Environmental Law Association (FELA) believes the Director Town and Country Planning should not accept the conditionally approved Waibola Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) by PBS for their application to rezone.

Waibola, zoned a residential area, is the subject of concern for residents in the area following an application to rezone it to heavy industrial and car park.

"According to the Environment Management Act, if a proposal is subjected to an EIA, approvals by any other authority cannot be given so far as that development proposal is concerned without the approval of the EIA first," FELA co-ordinator Kiji Vukikomoala said.

"For example if Draunibota wants to develop the foreshore, the Department of Lands cannot issue a foreshore lease unless the EIA is approved for development of the foreshore."

She said she presumed that the Director Town and Country planning was allowing the rezoning application to go ahead because of the EIA approved for that 3.5 acres of freehold land.

"However, as the whole EIA process was not a transparent one, we are of the opinion that the director should not approve the EIA.

"She should seek that another one is conducted considering all the issues that were not looked at in the initial EIA approval as it would be difficult in the circumstances to say she is able to make a properly informed decision from the current EIA given the objections raised."

Attempts to get comments from Director Town and Country Planning, Losana Rokotuibau proved futile.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62540.6064
JPY 59.479156.4791
GBP 0.30400.2960
EUR 0.43520.4232
NZD 0.73020.6972
AUD 0.64490.6199
USD 0.47590.4589

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Right track
  2. Miscommunication leads to short supply of medicine
  3. Fisheries official identifies deep see creature
  4. Shaheen clears the air
  5. Plans to make maths compulsory
  6. Marist ready for Deans semi-final against Lelean
  7. Cane drivers unhappy
  8. FHCL in the spotlight
  9. Parliament guide book
  10. New version health booklet to combat NCDs

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  2. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  3. PM cuts off rumours Tuesday (04 Aug)
  4. Possible delay in military farewell, Tikoitoga busy Monday (03 Aug)
  5. No say over lease Friday (31 Jul)
  6. Mind game Monday (03 Aug)
  7. Commander resigns Sunday (02 Aug)
  8. World cup dream for Lockington Monday (03 Aug)
  9. Opposition agree to acting post Monday (03 Aug)
  10. Professional decision Tuesday (04 Aug)