19 Jan 2012

Newcrest says Fiji government manages compensation payments

5:25 pm on 19 January 2012

Newcrest, one of the foreign companies involved in the proposed copper mine near Suva in Fiji, says it is not aware of any complaints about compensation not being paid to affected landowners.

Landowners in the Namosi district have decided they do not want the mining project to go ahead because of the environmental impact and are demanding Newcrest leave.

The secretary of the Namosi Landowners Committee, Sipiriano Nariva, says they are also frustrated by the non payment of compensation to landowners as promised.

But in a statement Newcrest, which is an Australian company, says there are processes for the landowners to raise any issues they may have.

Newcrest says the process is managed by the government and it is not aware of any non payments relating to the compensation agreement.

No one was available for comment from the interim Fiji government.