Boundary extensions are underway for Lautoka, to facilitate the city’s increasing developments.
“Lautoka is going through some very exciting times right now,” noted City Council CEO, Jone Nakauvadra.
While details weren’t disclosed, he confirmed that investors from China were interested in building a railway in either the Western Division or Suva, as well as investing in the Lautoka wharf, while a separate groups hopes to build a hotel in Saweni, outside Lautoka.
Mr Nakauvadra said that additionally, another group that had purchased land in Lomolomo wanted to develop a hotel in the area, to the tune of $200 million.
Amex Limited, the country’s first iron ore operator, is also in the final stages of discussions with the Lautoka City Council and indigenous foreshore owners regarding its $200 million foreshore developments.
Mr Nakauvadra said these and other upcoming developments made it necessary for the city to expand its boundary limits.
The boundary will be moved near Luvu (towards Ba) and near Waiberatia (towards Nadi), though long-term plans are for an expansion beyond these areas, towards Vitogo and Saweni, respectively.
“This is to control development,” he added.
His Council is completing renovations to Churchill Park, where’s it’s adding another provision to complement the new turf and tracks built.
Plans are also in the pipeline for a pair of training and recreational swimming pools to be built at Lautoka’s botanical gardens.