Development plans for Nabouwalu

The Government has invested around $7.1million into the development of the Nabouwalu New Town Project in Bua on Vanua Levu. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI/FILE

SOCIALITE and owner of the $100 million Kookai fashion empire, Rob Cromb, will work with the Bua Provincial Council to explore business ventures the council could undertake within the newly proposed Nabouwalu township.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Cromb, Lyndhurst PTE Ltd chief executive officer Rokoseru Nabalarua did not deny there were plans by the company to purchase lots and build a mall in the new township, adding it was too early to say anything.

Mr Nabalarua said through the leadership of Mr Cromb, who had maternal ties to the province, they were working and advising the council on ventures it could undertake to grow its business arm.

“Apart from this, Mr Cromb has always had an interest in the developments within the province, usually assisting through scholarships and even contributing to the improvement of health facilities within the province.

“Due to his family ties to the province, he is always interested in improving the quality of life back in the village within the province.

“Although it is a government development, the provincial council is looking at ways of also benefiting from this scheme.

“Basically, the chiefs have asked him to work with the province of Bua to try and explore what can be done so that the vanua could also benefit from the project.”

Mr Nabalarua said right now it was very early to comment on any ventures undertaken by the company in Nabouwalu because they were just partners with the Bua Provincial Council.

“A taskforce including advisers from the company had been set up to look into the initiative,” he said.

“We were approached because of Mr Cromb’s relations to the province and the very fact that he has the resources and the commercial setup to look into these opportunities.”

Mr Nabalarua said the relationship between the company and the council was a balance between handouts and making sure business ventures the council was involved in were sustainable.

“The primary issue is how we can work with them to give them the capability to take ownership of their business venture,” he said.

Lyndhurst PTE Ltd is part of a group of companies belonging to the Kookai brand which is owned by Mr Cromb.

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