Bid to restore landmarks

Members of the Lautoka Ratepayers and Residents Association plant raintrees along Vomo Street in Lautoka. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Lautoka Ratepayers and Residents Association is bringing back a major staple of the Sugar City after the landmarks were removed by natural disasters and human development.

Members of the association were joined by corporate bodies over the weekend to replant raintrees along Vomo St where the trees had to be removed to make way for footpaths.

Association president Narayan Reddy said 40 trees were planted on Saturday.

“The association partnered with the Lautoka City Council on this project and one of the main reasons for it is we wanted to bring back these big beautiful raintrees that Lautoka is known for,” he said.

“We see it almost everywhere in Lautoka but along this stretch in Vomo, they had to be removed while the Fiji Roads Authority carried out their work.

“A lot of them were also destroyed during TC Evan and other disasters that we experienced.

“So in keeping with government’s program to plant four million trees by the year 2020, we thought to plant these trees in places that they once existed and thrived in.”

He added that the association was assisted by private donors and corporate bodies including FMF and Punjas.

“We could not do this without their help and we hope to keep doing this project because at the end of the day it will help our environment.”

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