Fiji Sun : 2020-05-13

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Local 16 FIJI SUN, WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020 WWW.FIJISUN.COM.FJ Buca Bay Site For New Jetty SHRATIKA NAIDU LABASA A Mr Moore said FRA was still in the planning stage to see how the jetty could be built to help those travelling between Vanua Levu to outer islands like Taveuni, Qamea, Kioa and Rabi. new site has been identified for the constructi­on of a jetty at Buca Bay. This was confirmed by Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore on Monday. The Natuvu Jetty been closed since May 1. Mr Moore said FRA was still in the planning stage to see how the jetty could be built to help those travelling between Vanua Levu to outer islands like Taveuni, Qamea, Kioa and Rabi. “There is considerat­ion for a jetty somewhere in Buca Bay,” Mr Moore said. “We need to do a study and cost benefit analysis,” he said. Buca Bay is an isolated area on Vanua Levu. The four villages within this bay are Vunikura, Loa, Buca and Tukavesi. Natuvu jetty serves as a terminus for ferries that cross between Vanua Levu, Kioa and Taveuni. The jetty is owned by the Mission Natuvu Small Creek, a non-denominati­onal faith-based non-profit organisati­on. Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Developmen­t and Disaster Management Jale Sigarara confirmed that Natuvu jetty was closed since May 1. “During the first week of May, I had visited Kioa Island, Rabi Island and the district of Tukavesi in Cakaudrove where people were informed about the closure of the jetty,” Mr Sigarara said. “It is a concern for islanders as they use this jetty to access Government’s main services on the main land and sell their farm produce at the Savusavu and Labasa markets. “People requested if something can be done as they currently use Tukavesi landing and Valeasea landing.” He confirmed that he had been made aware that a site had been identified in Buca Bay. When contacted Acting Commission­er Northern Uraia Rainima he said he could not comment on this as they were having some discussion with Natuvu Jetty owner, The Mission at Natuvu Creek Fiji, on their second phase agreement. The Mission at Natuvu Creek offers an expanding array of medical services, health and wellness education, developmen­t of jobs and grass-roots industries, engineerin­g, and assistance with education from pre-kindergart­en through high school. In January this year then Minister for Infrastruc­ture and Transport Jone Usamate had confirmed that Government was progressin­g towards looking at two alternate sites in Cakaudrove. Feedback: shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

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