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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Forestry Department investigates Logging Operation

Commissioner of Forests Gordon Konairamo says he's sent a team from his department to the Kongulae water source in Honiara yesterday to investigate the logging operations reported there.

Mr Konairamo says he's already issued a directive that the operation be suspended immediately pending an inquiry.

He says if the operation is found to be illegal, he will order a seizure of the equipment.

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands Water Authority General Manager John Waki says representatives of Kongulae landowners who support SIWA held discussions with the authority yesterday.

Mr Waki says it was evident from the discussions that there was a split between the land owners, but SIWA wants the operation to stop immediately.

Mr Waki says he's still waiting for a response from Forestry officials after they have submitted their reports to them yesterday.

Meanwhile, the boss of Cruz Marketing company which has a contract with landowners of the area to buy logs referred SIBC news to speak to Guadalcanal Provincial member for the area, Peter Pukuvita.

SIBC news has been unable to get any comment from the Provincial member.

Source: SIBC


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