4 Feb 2004

Fiji foreshore legislation to go to cabinet

5:44 am on 4 February 2004

Proposed legislation to return all of Fiji's foreshores from public ownership to their native owners will go before cabinet soon.

The law has created uncertainty for hotel and tourism industry stakeholders.

But the attorney general, Qoroniasi Bale, has told Radio Fiji that when the bill becomes law, hotels and resort owners can lease the beaches and reefs adjacent to their properties.

Mr Bale says this will enable hotel and resort owners to fence off their beaches and reefs if they want, something they cannot do now as these are currently publicly owned.

He says indigenous owners will also be able to look forward to an income from the beaches and reef, just as they do now with leased land.