Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka officially opened the much-talked about Urata Lookout Cafe in Savusavu this morning.
The community cafe, which overlooks the hidden paradise town bay, is expected to serve both local and international tourists who journey between the two main towns of Labasa and Savusavu.
This project is a joint initiative between the Mataqali Urata and the Rotary Club of Savusavu with funding assistance of US$40,000 from the American Embassy.
Prime Minister Rabuka congratulated the Rotary Club, mataqali and other stakeholders concerned for their joint efforts and vision to build the cafe which will not only help improve people’s livelihoods but also boost economic activities in the area.
“I congratulate all those who took part in this project and hope this cooperation will continue to happen,” he said.
“We are at the beginning of a great era of development in Savusavu and we pray that God will grant us longevity so we can continue to see other projects in this area.”
The cafe was designed and built by a team of UK-based volunteer architects and engineers namely, CAUKIN.
Rotary Club President Mr Gene Calvert said the project has been made possible through close collaboration, hardwork and team work from the vanua, the rotary club members, the builders and other parties concerned.
“We acknowledge the tremendous support of the vanua and we will continue to work with them.”
Mataqali head Mr Kesi Ratavo said they are grateful to be part of the project, adding it will certainly benefit them now and in the future.
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