Nauru businesses yet to benefit from processing centre

28/09/2012

Businesses in Nauru, which had hoped to benefit from Australia’s offshore processing centre for asylum seekers in the island nation, are disappointed that the move has not translated into any gains for it – at least as yet.<!--more-->

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President of the Nauru Private Sector Organisation, Lockley Denuga, was quoted in the media as saying Nauru companies had been promised a windfall but many were yet to reap any benefits. This was because supplies and equipment for the processing centre was still coming in from Australia. “They are sitting there waiting for a chance, but at the moment they’re not being given that chance,” he said.

Owner of Capelle, the island nation’s largest retail operation, Sean Oppenheimer echoed Mr Denuga’s sentiments. “We're told the reason they are flying in their provisions is that there is not enough on the island to supply them, but maybe they should have been a bit more thorough checking local businesses,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

According to the paper, the Australians have rented a kitchen to cater to the needs of the less than 100 asylum seekers who are being held at the detention centre at a cost of $2 million and flown in a $130,000 plus ambulance for their use.

As a result, Nauruans say the asylum seekers are being served better fare than what the Nauruan eats for their meals.

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