25 Jun 2012

Provincial council supports Fiji mining project despite landowner opposition

5:41 am on 25 June 2012

The chair of the Namosi Provincial Council in Fiji says they are supporting the multi-million dollar mining project in the area because of what the company has done so far for the people.

The Namosi Joint Venture, a partnership between the Australian mining company Newcrest and Japanese interests, is proposing to mine copper and gold near Suva.

The Fiji Namosi Tikina Landowners Committee says they are waiting to meet with the interim prime minister so they can tell him they don't want the project to go ahead.

But the head of the Namosi Provincial Council Ratu Romanu Matanitobua says that's only their view.

"We know that they are against it but for the council they're supportive of the work being done so far as a general view. The council is looking at a general view of what the company is doing especially in the education aspect."

Ratu Romanu Matanitobua says he's worried that if the project is blocked it could put off other potential investors.