Photo: Tropik Wood, Wairiki chip mill, in the district of Vuya
Due to investor interests in the resources in Bua, the following industries have started and for some has been revived, for example, logging, wood chips, the more recently Bauxite mining and gum extraction from pine as well as gravel and stone crushing plants.
The Wairiki chip mill, in the district of Vuya, operated by Tropik Wood have been exporting wood chips overseas now and have been able to employ over 150 people from nearby villages and settlements.
Calison Pacific Pine Chemicals Limited operated out of Lekutu district. The company was involved in the extraction of pine sap which is bagged and exported overseas for the development of cosmetics right up to creating parts of aeroplanes.
Probably the most talked about industry not only in Bua but throughout Fiji is the Bauxite Mine operating out of Nawailevu in the district of Bua. Under the Aurum Exploration Group, Bauxite is mined and transported to mainland China where there are specially designed factories that extract the raw material needed.
There still however remain concerns from the communities at the environmental implications as well as financial compensation to the village of Nawailevu.
It is not only the people of Nawailevu that are showing concern but rather communities on the islands of Tavea, Yaqaga and Galoa and coastal villages of Navakasiga that have complained of sedimentation on the coral reefs. Villagers have complained that reef fish have started to disappear because the water is always murky causing them to go further into the open ocean to dive for fish. Concerns like these are not taken lightly and every time an issue is brought up to the Council the staffs tries their best to bring in those with technical expertise and skills to assist in addressing these issues. Presently Nawailevu is still in operation, and has created jobs for the mataqali members on whose land the bauxite sits.