6 Feb 2014

Stand-off between landowners and Fiji mine developer

2:23 pm on 6 February 2014

Landowners from a district in Fiji near Suva where a gold and copper mine is planned say their relationship with the company behind the venture has gone from bad to worse.

The Namosi Joint Venture is a partnership between the Australian mining company Newcrest and Japanese interests and has been held up at various stages due to environmental concerns.

A landowner, who wishes to remain unnamed, says they don't know whether the Environment Impact Assessment has been completed yet, and says it's hard to get any information from the developers.

"Our relationship is not too good at the moment, lots of miscommunication is happening. We told them to listen to landowners, they did not want to listen. We won't give Namosi to be mined, no."

The man says the developers have reneged on promises during the exploratory stage and landowners don't trust them any more.