A NEW residential subdivision will be carried out in Tavua next year.
Local Government Minister Parveen Kumar said priority would be given to the poor to purchase the lots.
“Two weeks ago I was here to discuss the new sub- division plans by the Housing Authority,” he said.
“They will upgrade the land next to Tavua Primary School and we are looking at around 100 lots to be laid out when this development takes place.
“One must understand there are a lot of poor men and women who don’t have homes to live in.
“They must be staying with relatives or they could be renting.
“So this subdivision that will happen later this year and these lots will be provided to those that don’t have a lot.
“We will also consider those who are earning between $10,000 and $12,000 per annum.
“The policy that the Housing Authority had before was scaled which only allowed people with a minimum wage of $20,000 per annum to own a lot but we have changed that because we would like to offer the very poor of this country and give them an opportunity to own and have a home.
“My ministry also gives a $10,000 grant to new home- owners and I want all of those that do not own a house or a land to take advantage of this grant.”
This article first appeared in The Fiji Times on October 17, 2016.