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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. Feb. 27) – The remote Temotu islands in the eastern Solomon Islands is considering renewing a long-dormant timber industry.

Officials in the provincial government say lumber milling could provide a sustainable source of revenue for the islands.

Provincial premier Johnson Levela is leading a delegation to Australia this week to formalize an agreement with investors there to cut kauri trees on Vanikoro.

Mr Levela says the province needs investors to create employment and revenue for the province to provide basic services but at the same time be aware of the need to use resources wisely.

Mr Levela says that from the 1920s to the 1960s, when logging took place on Vanikoro, the then colonial government received much needed money from the operation.

The premier is leading seven-member delegation in March to Australia.

March 1, 2005

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: http://www.sibconline.com.sb/

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