22 April, 2015, 12:00 am
THE ruling to rezone Waibola in Draunibota is a short-sighted solution.
This was what Catherine Morgan, a member of the Friends of Draunibota Bay and preservation group, said as Director Town and Country Planning Losana Rokotuibau approved the rezoning of the bay from residential to Commercial “C” Heavy Industries and Car Park.
Ms Morgan said the now approved rezoning from residential to heavy industries puts residents and number of stakeholders and employees at risk because the bay accommodated sustainable productivity and developments.
“Take the historical Bilo battery gun site, a scenic and tranquil spot, very popular with tourists visiting cruise liners and a tribute to those who served to protect our nation in days gone by, we now have an approved aquaculture facility, sustainable and in keeping with our surrounds,” Mrs Morgan said.
“Then there’s the four camakau (canoes), which is a magnificent sight as you watch them manoeuvre across Draunibota Bay.”
Mrs Morgan said this could be a memorable experience for any visitor to Fiji, even for the local children.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in releasing the 7000 crablets at the bay on April 1 said it was to help rebuild the depleted wild crab stocks in the bay and nearby mangrove forests.
Mr Bainimarama said it was a cause for celebration because they were reclaiming Draunibota Bay for the mud crab.
“Thanks to the efforts of the Crab Company of Fiji, we humans are giving these little creatures a leg-up and the best possible chance to grow into adults,” he said.
The residents are concerned that this might not eventuate with the now approved rezoning of Waibola Lot 1 DP 5818 in Wailekutu.
Questions sent to director Town and Country planning Ms Rokotuibau were referred to permanent secretary for the Ministry of Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Samuela Namosimalua who did not reply to queries sent via electronic mail yesterday.
Several attempts to get a comment via phone from Mr Namosimalua also remained unanswered when this edition went to press last night.