Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wainunu District Leaders to Discuss Bauxite Mine Options

Fiji Times News

Tui Wainunu - Ratu Orisi Baleitavea
TRADITIONAL leaders in the district of Wainunu in Bua will meet next month to discuss the options of having a bauxite mine in the area.

Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said the idea was a good one because it provided employment and income-generating opportunities but certain issues needed to be looked at first.

"We will also need to look into other areas of bauxite mining before we make a decision," he said.

"The most applicable and best decision will be made for the sake of our future generation and making sure the development does not affect the environment our future generation will live in. 

"We feel that is very important and that is why all traditional leaders in Wainunu will sit together to discuss this issue. It's a good idea but we need to do some homework first."

Wainunu and Nasarawaqa are the other two districts in Bua already sighted for bauxite mining in Vanua Levu. The bauxite mine at Nawailevu, Bua, has provided employment opportunities and small-income generating businesses for nearby villagers.

Villagers earn money through selling root crops and seafood to workers at the mine.

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