25 Jun 2012

Fiji landowners believe PM will back them up over copper and gold mine

8:17 am on 25 June 2012

Landowners from a district earmarked for a proposed copper and gold mine in Fiji are confident the interim prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama will back them up in their opposition to the project.

The Namosi Joint Venture, is a partnership between the Australian mining company Newcrest and Japanese interests.

A source from the Fiji Namosi Tikina Landowners' Committee says a survey was recently filled out by 930 landowners where 92 percent said they don't want anymore special prospecting licences issued.

The man who wished to remain unnamed says they are waiting to meet Commodore Frank Bainimarama to deliver the survey results.

"We'll tell him what the people want we always believed that he is a prime minister of the people, he has landowners at heart, we have full faith PM is for the people."

Commodore Bainimarama put exploratory work on hold earlier this year when landowners from Namosi and Naitisiri voiced their opposition, but last month indicated he wanted work to resume.