Hon­oured with task of tran­si­tion­ing to a city

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Newly ap­pointed Nadi Town Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Peter Din­ning is con­fi­dent to take on his new role to see the town de­clared a city next year. “I am hon­oured to be ap­pointed as CEO of Nadi Town Coun­cil and very ex­cited about the fu­ture of the town and the op­por­tu­ni­ties it can present for the cit­i­zens,” he said. He com­menced of­fi­cial du­ties on Oc­to­ber 11 . Mr Din­ning said mov­ing Nadi Town to a city sta­tus would see four ma­jor strate­gic di­rec­tions taken for the ur­ban cen­tre. “The coun­cil will be work­ing with the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment with a ma­jor strate­gic fo­cus over the next five years on the en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy and where pos­si­ble im­prov­ing the well­be­ing of the peo­ple of Nadi,” he said.

“The strate­gies of the coun­cil will fo­cus on de­liv­er­ing a Clean Green Fu­ture, Strong Lo­cal Econ­omy, Healthy Life­style, and Re­silient Com­mu­ni­ties.” Dur­ing the role as CEO, Mr Din­ning will be work­ing along­side Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Robin Ali to de­liver a num­ber of ob­jec­tives in­clud­ing tran­si­tion­ing Nadi from a town to a city which is sched­uled for dec­la­ra­tion in late 2017. Mr Din­ning worked in Lo­cal Govern­ment for over 30 years in­clud­ing 12 years as a CEO. Mean­while, Mr Din­ning stressed that the com­pactor truck do­nated from the peo­ple of Ja­pan had given the coun­cil the value and pil­lar of strength in the race to see­ing Nadi be­come a city in 2017. “I will en­sure that it is used to its max­i­mum ca­pac­ity and pur­pose of the project in ren­der­ing qual­ity ser­vice at the grass­roots level,” he said. “We ac­knowl­edge the fact that other projects have been funded by the GGP pro­gramme to em­power the peo­ple and the com­mu­nity from grass­roots level.” Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

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