Serafina Silaitoga | The Fiji Times | June 04, 2016
ANOTHER landowning unit has given consent for bauxite mining in the district of Wainunu in Bua on Vanua Levu.
The mataqali Nabukuni of Nadua Village is the second to give consent while mataqali Navunivudivudi of the same village had last month agreed to mining activities.
A government team, chiefs and representatives from the company visited the village in Bua this week to discuss the issue.
Tui Wainunu Ratu Orisi Baleitavea said the team would visit every village in the district to seek their permission.
“This is actually our second round of visit to the villages. The first round of visit was done a few months ago where the team informed the villagers about details of bauxite mining,” Ratu Orisi said.
“We are doing this so the villagers can decide for themselves and the response has been positive so far.”
Ratu Orisi said basically, the district of Wainunu had agreed to bauxite mining.
“What we are doing now is completing our second round of consultation with villagers and raising awareness,” he said.
“We want them to fully understand the mining process and the employment opportunities it will provide and the rehab program too.”
At the village meetings, he said company officials spoke to villagers about the rehab program that would take place.
Company geologist and manager Isireli Dagaga also told villagers about the process of bauxite mining.
The team has also called on civil societies and groups that may find a problem with bauxite mining to contact them for further discussions.