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Fiji Labour Party policies to protect environment

Staff Reporter | 2:44 PM | |
Salaseini Moceiwai | The Fiji Times

THE Fiji Labour Party will encourage protective and sustainable development to preserve our ecosystem as part of its policy platform for the 2014 general elections.

This was related to a group of people by party leader Mahendra Chaudhry in Labasa at the weekend who said this would help minimise damage to the environment.

“There is currently considerable anxiety about the environmental damage throughout resource development such as the bauxite mining in Bua and the controversy over the copper mining in Namosi,” Mr Chaudhry said.

“The Fiji Labour Party will ensure that landowners’ concerns are addressed as issues paramount in the consideration of exploration leases for any development. Harnessing our water resources is another major environmental issue that the party will address.”

Mr Chaudhry said their environmental policies would also look at the maintenance of rivers, creeks and shorelines.

“This is in our bid to minimise the impact of pollution from industries, use of fertilisers and weedicides, and also to address general neglect.”

Mr Chaudhry said his party believed that the people had the right of access to clean piped water, good roads, affordable electricity and telephones and internet services.

He said the party believed that all citizens deserved high quality health care whether they were rich or poor.