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Malolo Project meeting to decide on next course of action

February 13, 2019 6:55 am

The Lands and Environment Ministry are meeting today to decide on their next course of action against Freesoul Development Limited.

Freesoul Development Limited is working on a resort project in the Mamanuca group.

The two ministries will discuss the findings of their respective investigation conducted on the island last week.

The meeting will also include the Office of the Solicitor’s General.

Once a full report is gathered, Lands Minister Ashneel Sudhakar says their next step is to meet with the developer.

“We’ve already issued them a Stop Order Notice before so they know that without resolving that then they can’t proceed so if they’re developing on the state land without having expressed their orders that they shouldn’t have done that but if they have then they should know that they have done something wrong.”

However, despite a “Stop Order” notice issued, the developer is adamant the multimillion-dollar project is worthwhile.

The developer has continuously released statements about the project with an estimated cost of over a billion Fijian dollars.

The developer also claims that before they were issued the foreshore lease by the Director of Lands, they had assisted landowners and fishing rights holders with over $1.5m in projects and employment opportunities for locals.

However, Lands Minister Ashneel Sudhakar has confirmed no foreshore lease was issued by the Director of Lands.

Meanwhile, the Malolo landowners are also expected to meet with the developer in Lautoka later today.

Malolo landowner’s representative Amani Sorokoverata says the meeting will include gathering all the documents and decide on the next step.