MALAITA JETTY PROJECT TO BEGIN IN MAY

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Part of plan to boost development

By Moffat Mamu

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 18, 2008) – Work on the Suava Bay Project in North Malaita is expected to start next month.

A spokesman for the Project Office in Auki said this will start off with the construction of the first jetty and a big shade.

The Government plans to establish a fish cannery in Suava Bay.

"The jetty and the shade are just the initiate stages of the project," the spokesman said.

He said this will be followed by establishment of telecommunications.

Malu’u Station, about 30 kilometres from Suava, is already enjoying communication links to the outside world – thanks to Our Telekom.

It is anticipated that expanding telephones and internet to the proposed Suava Bay township is not going to be difficult.

"Right now, we are just waiting for the government to provide the funds and work on the project should start," the spokesman said.

Suava Bay Project is part of government’s plan to boost development activities in the northern region of Malaita.

A site survey was completed last week.

Minister of Commerce, Industries and Employment Francis Billy Hilly recently visited the site.

He met chiefs and leaders in the area who assured the minister of their willingness open up their land for development.

Mr Hilly also told the locals that the Government’s intention is to develop Suava Bay into a commercial township.

The minister called on the surrounding communities to cooperate and support the Government with the plan.

Once completed, the centre will benefit the people in many ways, Mr Hilly said.

"These will include social services such as police, health and medical care, water, communication, banking, electricity, and other basic necessities.

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