SOLOMONS VILLAGERS SEEK LOGGING ROYALTIES

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RARUMANA, Solomon Islands (Pfnet, Nov. 8) - Logging on Rarumana Island in the Solomon Islands is temporarily on hold following a complaint lodged in the high court by landowners against a logging company.

The contactor shipped all fallen logs and machines to Vavaga Camp, Kolobangara Island, last week after receiving a letter from the Commissioner of Forestry instructing it to halt operation.

Representatives of landowners have taken the action after various actions taken to obtain the royalty money were not paid into the community account as agreed upon.

The whereabouts of the royalty money is still a mystery to the community.

The four landowners’ representatives held a meeting with the community on Oct. 27 at Vunarima, briefing the community about their search for their money.

The community approved and appreciated all that the four have done to date and encouraged them to proceed on with the case.

In other logging related news, the contractor has given four chainsaw to the owners whom their saw were stolen sometimes ago at the log pond.

November 9, 2004

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