21st June 07:28 AM
Ministry of Environment seeks to prosecute company for violating terms of development
By Iva Danford
Friday 08/02/2019
Freesoul’s master plan for Malolo Island [Photo: Supplied]

The Ministry for Waterways and Environment is working closely with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to see that Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) Ltd, is prosecuted on the offences and environmental damage they have incurred on the island of Malolo.

This comes after the Minister for Environment, Dr. Mahendra Reddy confirmed that the resort that is under construction on Malolo Island in the Mamanuca Group has violated the terms of its development.

The case was filed for prosecution to the Office of DPP in September 2018.

The Department's involvement with the Malolo Island project began on June 15th, 2017, when the company lodged their environmental impact assessment screening application with the intent to build a new resort.

They say after the completed environmental impact assessment report was received from the company in July 2018, the Ministry began a thorough review process which included giving the general public an opportunity to state their views on the report.

They took all feedback into consideration, and consequently, a scaled‑back version of the project was approved in December 2018.

The Department says as a condition of the approval, the company was given a number of very stringent conditions to fulfill before works were to begin on site, and all foreshore development works were not permitted.

Doctor Reddy says these conditions have been breached.

We have sent questions to the Office of the DPP to get an update on the file for prosecution that was given last year.

We are also awaiting confirmation from the Ministry of Environment on whether work is still ongoing at Malolo Island.

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