2 Feb 2012

Fiji interim government in talks with miners today over rehabilitation

4:27 pm on 2 February 2012

Fiji's interim government is reported to be in talks today with the company wanting to mine copper and gold near Suva over how damaged land will be repaired.

The Namosi Joint Venture, a partnership between the Australian mining company Newcrest and Japanese interests, has been conducting exploratory work in the Waisoi area, drawing strong opposition from Namosi and Naitisiri landowners.

However in a meeting yesterday led by the interim prime minister the company agreed to halt the work until landowners' concerns had been addressed.

The Fiji Village website reports that today's meeting will outline to the Namosi Joint Venture the rehabilitation work it needs to undertake.

It reports the permanent secretary to the prime minister's office saying that explorations will not resume until the company implements some corrective measures.

The company is reported as stating its commitment to fulfilling that work as quickly as possible and engaging directly with government and landowners on the project's future.