19th October 06:43 AM
Housing Authority looking at developing land and units going towards Navua
By Pratika Mala
Friday 13/09/2019

Housing Authority Chairman, Nesbitt Hazelman says the Suva - Nausori corridor is now getting very crowded and the Authority’s board is now looking at developing land and units going towards Navua.

Hazelman also says that access to land is a big issue in Fiji and their team is always discussing with landowners to secure land for development.

He highlighted that moving away from the main centres was also in order to make housing more affordable.

The Chairman says it is a challenge but is can be done and they aim to provide 1,000 pieces of land to their customers every year.

Housing Authority has provided Fijians approximately 2,300 affordable housing lots and units from 2006 to last year.

Hazelman says the team is also expected to think outside the box in terms of research and development - where they can get the best value for the money they spend.

Deputy Chairman Craig Strong says one of the many things the new CEO of Housing Authority, Robert Sen will be looking into is reducing the perceived waiting time for people to get their homes.

Meanwhile, the new CEO of Housing Authority has stressed he will be looking at policies that need to be changed in order to make housing more affordable in a few months time.

Sen says changes have to be made in order to achieve Housing Authority's target to provide affordable housing.

Sen adds it will take the right mind set to achieve this and he will be starting with very simple things.

He says he is a great believer in terms of personalities such as honesty, integrity and teamwork rather than processes adding a single person cannot run an organisation.

Sen highlighted that looking back five or ten years development was centered in urban areas.

He says now it is moving away from main centres as due to developments such as supermarkets, hospitals and other conveniences people are finding it more convenient to live farther away from main centres.

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