$2.6M Jetty Brings Joy
YASAWA-I-RARA villagers were all smiles when Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened a $2.6million jetty yesterday. The facility was praised as a catalyst to economic prosperity because of its ability to berth big vessels and improve the loading and unloading of cargo and passengers.
The PM said the opening of the 125m berthing station signalled the end of years of struggles faced by the villagers when transporting goods and people on and off the island. “It has taken some time to provide you with a proper jetty again and I want to thank you for your patience as you made the best of a challenging situation travelling to and from the island,” he said while opening the jetty yesterday.
“But now that it is finally completed, what a great sight it is. Sturdy and strong. And built to the highest engineering standards to provide you with many years of reliable service.” Built by Pacific Marine and Civil Solutions and design engineers from MWH Fiji, the jetty has the ability to accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 5 metres.
This, according to the PM, would open up the village to increased commercial activity. “Not only will that ease your journeys to and from the mainland but it will also enable cruise ships to visit the island again and provide you with a source of income. “So it is a huge economic boost to Yasawa-i-Rara, empowering our people and giving them the means to improve their lives and the lives of their families.”
Fiji Sun, November 05, 2015