Fiji Sports Coun­cil

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Tukai Lag­o­ni­lakeba, Lau­toka

The Fiji Sports Coun­cil’s an­nounce­ment to go ahead and draw up a de­vel­op­ment mas­ter plan for their prop­erty on Lau­cala Bay is a wel­comed em­pow­ered ini­tia­tive and vi­sion­ary from its chief ex­ec­u­tive, Li­tia Loabuka, and Peter Mazey.

To out­source its fi­nanc­ing to run it pri­vately as a busi­ness with­out any govern­ment in­put must be com­mended as well be­cause it is fu­tur­is­tic and pru­dent to im­ple­ment their pro­ject so that Fiji can at­tract international teams and tour­na­ments to our shores.

I can fore­see its ap­pre­ci­a­tion and long term im­pact on our na­tional econ­omy and Fi­jians. I would like to rec­om­mend the Fi­jian Hold­ings CEO and its Board of Di­rec­tors or the Lau Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil to en­gage and col­lab­o­rate with the Fiji Sports Coun­cil in a joint ven­ture part­ner­ship 100 per cent Fi­jian owned com­pany whereby all its stake­hold­ers will ben­e­fit greatly from this big in­vest­ment and pro­ject. Our coun­try badly needs a one stop shop con­cept international stan­dard up­mar­ket sport­ing in­fras­truc­ture to at­tract tour­na­ments of international sta­tus and specif­i­cally up­front for con­tention is the World Rugby 7s se­ries we so badly want to bring home, but we lack such fa­cil­i­ties to com­ple­ment our ANZ Stadium, Aquatic Centre with the Voda­fone Arena.

It’s a busi­ness and will cer­tainly work very well for our econ­omy and we don’t have to look far but learn from the Rio Olympics ex­pe­ri­ence in host­ing the world’s big­gest sport­ing event through its up­mar­ket Vil­lage ac­com­mo­da­tions, gym, restau­rants, pub­lic con­ve­nience fa­cil­i­ties, dif­fer­ent sports sta­di­ums, car parks, sports health fa­cil­i­ties, shop­ping mall, se­cu­rity with international stan­dard ho­tels such as the Grand Pa­cific Ho­tel, Hol­i­day Inn, Penin­sula Ho­tel, The Pearl Pa­cific Har­bour with Taunovo Bay Re­sort for qual­ity ac­com­mo­da­tion and the list goes on. Al­ready in place is the na­tional swim­ming fa­cil­ity at the Aquatic Centre, Olympic pool, the FMF gym­na­sium, the Voda­fone Arena in­door sport­ing fa­cil­ity and the ANZ Stadium. There is Mc­Don­ald’s and the Damodar City right next door to add value and com­ple­ment our Sports Coun­cil’s vi­sion and con­cept. Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama’s Rio visit will bring back with him many ideas for the Fiji Sports Coun­cil over­all pro­posed con­cep­tual mas­ter plan, and it could not have come at a bet­ter time.

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