PM Impressed Bainimarama interested in operation that converts industrial waste to fuel
Bainimarama interested in operation that converts industrial waste to fuel
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (second from right) while visiting the Cleanaway ResourceCo facility in Sydney, Australia, on September 12, 2019.