Town officers discuss Fanga’uta issues

Town Officers, Civil Society rep and Environment secretariat staff at the meeting on March 17. Photo: Iliesa Tora/Enviro News

Nuku’alofa – March 18, 2021: 10am (Enviro News): Town officers from around the Fanga’uta Lagoon Catchment Area here on Tongatapu met at the Ministry of MEIDECC’s conference room on Wednesday, March 17 to discuss issues relating to the management of the lagoon.

Chaired by Manase Vaoahi from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the meeting discussed the proposed Fanga’uta Bridge, the Queen Salote Wharf renovations, the planned Fanga’uta Day and waste management issues within the 26 communities around the lagoon.

Town officers were also briefed by the Civil Society Forum of Tonga on grants that are available for civil society groups and Non Government Organisations who are interested to access them.

Mr Manase Vaoahi (right) and town officers listen in to a presentation at the meeting on March 17

Mr Vaoahi told the meeting that these are issues that town officers should be aware of as they map their work programs for 2021.

Environment project officer Petelo Otoota told the meeting that the department is keen on involving the 26 communities in the planned Fanga’uta Day planned for June 4, as part of the Environment Week celebrations this year.

The day’s event is planned for the Havelu Eco-Park, opposite the Tailulu College in Havelu.

Meanwhile, the new bridge is expected to run from Umusii to Folaha, across the lagoon.

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