PM Im­pressed Bain­i­marama in­ter­ested in op­er­a­tion that con­verts in­dus­trial waste to fuel

Bain­i­marama in­ter­ested in op­er­a­tion that con­verts in­dus­trial waste to fuel

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - NE­MANI DE­LAIBATIKI

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama was im­pressed with a Syd­ney

busi­ness that con­verts in­dus­trial waste to solid fuel.

The visit to the fa­cil­ity was his first en­gage­ment af­ter ar­riv­ing at Syd­ney Air­port yes­ter­day for his first of­fi­cial visit to Aus­tralia. The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, Yo­gesh Karan, con­firmed that the PM was very im­pressed. Mr Bain­i­marama and his high pow­ered del­e­ga­tion were met by Ewen Mc­Don­ald, the head of the Of­fice of the Pa­cific De­part­ment of Aus­tralian For­eign Af­fairs, and John Feakes, the

Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji. The del­e­ga­tion later vis­ited the Clean­away Re­source Co-Fa­cil­ity where Mr Bain­i­marama was briefed on the waste man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses and sustainabl­e de­vel­op­ment prac­tices of the fa­cil­ity.

Last night the del­e­ga­tion that in­cluded Min­is­ter for De­fence, Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs Inia Seruiratu, Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade, Tourism, Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Premila Ku­mar and Fiji’s High Com­mis­sioner to Aus­tralia, Luke Dau­ni­valu at­tended a pri­vate din­ner hosted by Fi­jians. The Prime Min­is­ter will to­day visit the Syd­ney De­sali­na­tion Plant. The plant has been rated as one of the high-qual­ity drinking wa­ter sup­pli­ers in Syd­ney, pro­duc­ing an aver­age of 250 mil­lion litres per day of drinking wa­ter for up to 1 .5 mil­lion peo­ple.

The visit is also part of the Fi­jian Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive of pro­vid­ing clean and safe drinking wa­ter to all Fi­jians.

The Bain­i­marama Govern­ment aims to al­lo­cate re­sources for sus­tained main­te­nance and con­struc­tion of new wa­ter treatment plants, reser­voirs and retic­u­la­tion sys­tems, ru­ral wa­ter schemes, de­vel­op­ment of ground­wa­ter sources, set­ting up of de­sali­na­tion plants in the mar­itime re­gion, and dis­tri­bu­tion of wa­ter tanks in ru­ral ar­eas. Also, in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies will be adopted for in­dus­trial re­cy­cling, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing and stor­age, storm wa­ter and aquifer man­age­ment and use of re­new­able en­ergy for de­sali­na­tion plants. Build­ing cli­mate re­silient wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture will be a key as­pect of all new projects.

The del­e­ga­tion will also visit the Downer’s West­ern Syd­ney Waste Pro­cess­ing Fa­cil­i­ties with the aim of ex­chang­ing in­no­va­tive ideas about cre­at­ing eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal value for waste prod­ucts.

The del­e­ga­tion will later meet the Fi­jian com­mu­nity in Syd­ney.

On Sun­day they travel to Can­berra where Mr Bain­i­marama will meet Aus­tralian Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son.

Photo: PM’s Of­fice

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama at the Clean­away Re­sourceCo fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, dur­ing his of­fi­cial visit there on Septem­ber 12, 2019. He is joined by the Min­is­ter for De­fence, Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs, Inia Seruiratu, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Alvick Ma­haraj, Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade, Tourism, Lo­cal Govern­ment, Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Premila Ku­mar, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Sha­heen Ali and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice Yo­gesh Karan. The del­e­ga­tion was also joined by the Fi­jian High Com­mis­sioner to Aus­tralia Luke Dau­ni­valu.

Photo: PM’s Of­fice

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and his del­e­ga­tion at the Clean­away Re­sourceCo fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, on Septem­ber 12, 2019. On the left is Aus­tralia’s High Com­mis­sioner to Fiji John Feakes.

Photo: PM’s Of­fice

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama (sec­ond from right) while vis­it­ing the Clean­away Re­sourceCo fa­cil­ity in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, on Septem­ber 12, 2019.

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