11 Nov 2016

Sand mining in Fiji promises environmental and economy benefits

From , 4:02 pm on 11 November 2016

An Australian mining company is dismissing concerns about its proposal to mine sand along the Sigatoka River in Fiji.

Dome Gold Mines says it's waiting for the government to approve a mining lease for the Ironsands Project.

Concerns have been raised about the effect it could have on the environment and the nearby Sand Dunes National Park, which contains an important Lapita archaeological site.

But the company's chief executive Jack McCarthy told Jo O'Brien that rather than causing harm, the project will bring economic and environmental benefits

Sigatoka River, Fiji.

Sigatoka River, Fiji. Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades