19 Jan 2012

Landowners in Fiji say no to proposed mine

10:58 am on 19 January 2012

Landowners in the Namosi district in Fiji have decided they don't want a mining project to go ahead and are demanding the foreign company behind it leave.

Up until now they had been prepared to work through environmental concerns with Newcrest, one of the foreign companies involved in the proposed copper mine near Suva.

But the secretary of the Namosi Landowners Committee, Sipiriano Nariva, says they haven't received compensation promised, and are so frustrated with Newcrest that they don't want their land mined under any circumstance.

"So now we've said that's enough, that's enough. This is for our people, and not for the money, and not for the dollar sign, and not for Newcrest. Nothing at all, just take your thing and get out from my land."

Sipiriano Nariva says some members of the committee have blocked workers from entering the land for exploration works.

The committee hopes to meet with the interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to discuss the issue.