Tikina Namosi Landowners respond to the Chairman of the Fijian Parliamentary Select Committee on Natural Resource in relation to Namosi Joint Venture Director Mr Greg Morris’ claims on his presentation to the Standing Committee…
“Warm Greetings Mr Cawaki,
“At the outset, I wish to congratulate you on the tremendous work you are doing in assisting the Fijian People in these times.
“Vinaka saka vakalevu.
“I read with dismay the presentation given by Mr. Greg Morris yesterday as part of their presentation to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Natural Resources
“I write as Chairman of the Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee TNLC, wishing to highlight some of the issues needed also to be raised by Namosi Joint Venture NJV on but failed to do so. These are most important to us Fijian as we live in a very small island state called Fiji and wishing to commence with a massive open cut copper and Gold Mine very similar to OK Tedi in PNG. NJV has been smiling when it is explaining the economic benefit to the Country and not the Shareholders who will get more and the employing of 2000 people as part of its workforce, although I wish to highlight some of the issues from the Landowners perspectives and these are:
- Has NJV highlighted the environmental damages it has caused to our land the last 10 years of exploration in Namosi?
- Has NJV mentioned the vast area covered which if you look at the mine plan, anyone would be quick to establish that to have the first pit with a size of 180 rugby field and with 2 pits you will know that there will be migration of people;
- Has NJV mentioned of a third pit which is not mentioned in the Mine plan although we understand its where its gold deposit are concentrated,
- Has NJV mentioned that to show the third Pit, Government will automatically disallow the Mine License,
- Has NJV mentioned of a cost benefit analysis after mining has finished.
- Who pays for these costs?
- Is it sustainable to have a massive copper/gold mine in the smallest province in Fiji;
- In terms of migration, where will our people settled,,,,,,, Serua?
- What happen to the Heritage Act, the Museum Act, the Archeological and Paleontologist Act.- How can they identify with us?
- What’s the use of the Baseline Studies and where is the report now?
- What happens to provinces such as Serua, Naitasiri, Rewa and Tailevu if spillages does occur?
- Who will pay for the social implication after mining?
- What is the use of taking the lead in Climate Change stance as part of the COP 21, 22 and our taking Chairmanship in COP 23?
- When our ecosystem is damaged, who will feed us when all living organism are dead through chemical use,
- Has NJV mentioned that the Suva/Nausori populations are drinking from the Waimanu River that flows from Wainivalelevu from Namosi?
- How does the LOU benefit from this mine?
- How sustainable is the waste storage DAM or Tailing Dam. Who pays for the spillage downstream if an Earthquake or any disastrous weather phenomenon does occur?
“Sir the list goes on and on. The money is good for the Country on a short term benefit but the damage caused cannot be put the pristine environment back again. It will whisper to your ear and say…..moce qi sa la.
“As members of the Fiji First Party and government, we understand that we are following government road map to sustainable development and to have a project that is unsustainable will be against your road map.
“We need fresh air, fresh water, fresh crops and vegetation for our survival, so to mine Namosi is taking away what the almighty has given us to enjoy.
“I hope the TNLC’s humble plea will be taken on board and that serious and honest consideration in that Namosi should not be mined as it will cause more to the people and government after mining has taken place.
“What we do in our lives will determined our destiny to the next life whether it be good or bad, we will answer to the almighty or how justifiable we are.
“Vinaka saka vakalevu.
Josefa Rauto Waqavatu Tauleka