25 Jun 2012

Project manager believes progress made on Namosi mine in Fiji

11:15 am on 25 June 2012

The country manager of the proposed multi-million dollar mine venture in Fiji believes significant progress has been made in resolving a number of issues with landowners and the government.

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

Earlier this year the interim prime minister Frank Bainimarama put exploratory work on hold in response to opposition from Namosi and Naitisiri landowners.

The country manager of the venture Greg Morris, recently addressed a meeting of the Namosi Provincial Council, where part of the mine would be built, and believes there is a better understanding between the parties.

"We've made significant progress this year. We've been working hard in parternship with the landowners and the government to impliment those rehabilitation works and resolve a number of the longstanding issues that have cropped up."

Greg Morris says he isn't aware of a recent survey that suggests 92 percent of landowners in the area are against mining.