Category Archives: Provincial

NEC approves 5yr extension for registration of land groups

 
October 20, 2017 
Source: The National
 
 
THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved a five-year extension for the registration of Integrated Land Groups(ILGs).
 
Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko told The National that it would be welcomed by the business community, especially in the agriculture sector, resources sectors and industries.
 
The extension is expected to give time to landowners to clearly identify their land.
 
The deadline lapsed in February.
 
“NEC has approved for the five-year extension for the ILGs to be identified and certified as requested by the industry and business houses, especially the New Britain Oil Palm, Mineral Resources Development Corporation, Oil Search and the big companies that deal with landowners in their developments and activities,” he said.
 
“Whether it’s agriculture, mining or development, whatever the area is, the ILGs can now be properly and correctly identified.”
 
Tkatchenko said a lot of ILGs had still not been clearly identified when the deadline lapsed eight months ago.
 
“Customary landowners and ownership of this ILGs have not been properly identified,” he said.
 
“So there was a request for the business side of things and for our big corporate companies that deal with customary land and landowners in our country.”
 
Tkatchenko said it was part of the 100-day plan that Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel had put forward.
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Works Minister: Opening of Missing Road Links, Government’s Priority

Source: EmTV Online

Tucked under rugged ranges between Gulf and Eastern Highlands is Menyamya, one of the least developed districts in the country.

 

 

However, this under developed district is rich with fertile soil renowned for producing one of the country’s best organic coffee.

 

 

“We produce some the best organic coffee in the country, but we don’t have roads to transport them to nearest markets in Lae or Goroka,” a local said.

 

 

Like many isolated rural communities, road access remains a barrier to development and for Menyamya, it has been a barrier for their economic progress and access to basic services.

 

 

In the last 5 years the O’Neill-led Government has prioritised the opening of missing road links.

 

 

On Tuesday, Works Minister, Michael Nali, told the people of Menyamya that the Government will allocate funding from a K3 billion Asian Development Bank loan in order to open missing links in the district.

 

 

“There are many road links in the district, once we open the trans-highway between Gulf and Morobe, Menyamya will be open to the rest of the country as well,” Minister Nali said.

 

 

The K3 billion funding from ADB will be put to reconstruct the entire Highlands Highway, Nadzab to Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen.

 

Wereh: Road to be redesigned, reconstructed

 
October 20, 2017
Source: The National
 
By LUKE KAMA
 
WORKS Secretary David Wereh has clarified that the Chimbu section of the Highlands Highway, from Chuave to Munde at the border of Western Highlands, will be redesigned and reconstructed using advanced engineering technologies.
 
During a tour of the highway with Works Minister Michael Nali from Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands to Lae on Monday, Wereh highlighted that the Chimbu section was the worst part of the highway that experienced a lot of problems.
 
“This is the section that experiences a lot of problems of landslips and landslides; there are waterlogged areas that need advanced engineering designs and under the K3billion Asian Development Bank-funded project to rehabilitate the highway, we want to address these issues once and for all.
 
“Chimbu will be a separate section that will consume up to almost one third of the K3billion and we will be controlling water, far away from the roads, right up to the water sources.
 
“It will be a design and construction project to which advanced engineering technology will be applied to construct and once construction is completed, it will solve these issues of water coming onto the road and destroying the tar, creating potholes, the drainage, landslide or landslips will stop.
 
“We will do it properly and appropriately and I am appealing to the people of Chimbu to accept developments and stop unnecessary claims,” Wereh said.
 
He said Chimbu was renowned for claims and that practice must be stopped in order for change and developments to take place.
 
“I can say in the last Highlands Highway rehabilitation project, Chimbu has consumed and burned up a lot of money through claims for compensation.
 
“We need to stop that.” 
-Post-Courier-

October 31st – Official Date for Manus Detention Centre to Stop Operating

Australian Prime Minister Michael Turnbull has commented that refugees in Manus will be removed lawfully by October 31st the official date for the detention to cease operation.

Mr. Turnbull said the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments will work together to settle the refugees.

A first batch of 54 refugees from Manus were notified of their acceptance to the United States in September, with 24 already in the States, however hundreds remain in Manus.

The Australian Government said refugees refusing to leave will be forced to leave the shores of PNG to their country of origin.

The Australian Prime said the Federal Government has not categorically ruled out cutting off the water supply and sewerage to move detainees on.

Turnbull confirmed that the Papua New Guinea Immigration and Citizenship Service has already found alternative accommodation in Manus Province – the larger group of islands – for the detainees.

If they refuse to return, they will be forced to leave Papua New Guinea by the PNG government.

Source:  Jack Lapauve Jnr – EMTV Online

Review into rental market

Source: Loop PNG

By: Cedric Patjole

 

The Independent Consumer & Competition Commission (ICCC) will carry out a comprehensive review of the rental market in the country.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, said he has tasked the commission to carry out the review in a bid to fully understand the factors causing high rental costs.

 

Abel said while the government’s initiative to make housing more affordable though is First Home Ownership Scheme is still ongoing, there are still many who rely on rental accommodation.

 

Accompanied by his Vice Minister for Treasury, Win Daki, Abel visited the ICCC yesterday as part of a routine stopover at various government institutions.

 

During their visit, the Deputy Prime Minister, announced the inclusion of the rental markets review, among existing reviews the commission is undertaking.

 

Abel said the rental market may need intervention, however, that will be decided once the review is completed and presented to the government.

 

“Many of us rely on rental to put a roof over our heads and our families. And in a general sense we want to allow free market activity. But I think in selected areas maybe for interim arrangement we can come up with Government intervention.

 

“So in the first instance we have to have the correct facts and figures, and the ICCC I’ve asked the Commissioner to look at the rental markets starting in Port Moresby, and is it reasonable? Is the private sector imposing upon us and the citizens within the housing market rates that are at a fair profit margin? Or are they unfairly imposing rental costs on our citizens which transfer value unfairly to elements of the private sector,” he said.

 

Through his visit Abel also wanted to know about the status of the commission.

 

He also announced that his Vice Minister would directly be responsible for the affairs of the ICCC.

 

ICCC Commissioner and CEO, Paulus Ain, said once they receive the Terms of Reference from the Government they will begin the review.

 

The review will begin in Port Moresby.

Kerowagi To Have New Airstrip

October 18, 2017

 

Source: Post-Courier

 

BY LYNETTE KIL 

The people of Kerowagi district in Chimbu Province will soon have access to a new airstrip after more than 70 years.

The last flight out of Kerowagi was in 1935 by an airplane run by the Lutheran Church.

Local MP and Vice Minister for Mining Bari Palma initiated the airstrip project as one of the major impact projects for the district.

“This project will become the major catalyst for the creation of a local based economy that will benefit the people in a big way.

“I’ve got bigger plans for the district. All I want is total cooperation from the landowners whose land will be affected by projects,” Mr Palma said.

“If we want more developments we need to free up land and allow contractors to mobilise their equipment and freely engage in the contracts awarded to them.” He said landownership issues have always remained a major hindrance to development.

The first phase of the 1.4km runway clearing has been completed last week and this week, the local contractor Kaiaworks Engineering Limited is into the second phase with gravelling and compacting.

Mr Palma said there are plans in place to open up the airstrip for both Simbu and neighboring Jiwaka provinces adding that would encourage business opportunities to thrive in the region.

“As part of my long term vision, I wish to open up Kerowagi as a central highlands economic hub by which the airstrip is seen as a focal point for all economic activities,” he said.

“There’s a MOU already in place with the Outback Aviation in Australia. The company will take Kerowaghi as its central area of business and further improvements will be done to the airstrip to make it reach the national standards to serve the people well.”

First Secretary David Dom and other support officers including Thomas Kela, Joseph Wamil and Kagl Kua said the project on the ground is within scope and well coordinated to meet the deadline requirements.

They said the people of Kerowaghi highly commended the MP for initiating such an impact project that will be of benefit to the general populace.

Meanwhile, the Kundiawa airport is currently not in use despite major rehabilitation work done by the National Airports Corporation (NAC).

Desalination awareness starts in Central

Source: Loop PNG

(Pictured is the plant installed in Manus)

Author: Sally Pokiton

Awareness and survey has started in the National Capital District and Central Province by the salt water desalination team from the Department of National Planning.

 

The awareness began after the formal handing over of the pilot project in three islands in Manus.

 

Fisherman Island outside Port Moresby was the first area visited by the team.

 

Hula village in Central Province was also visited on Friday.

 

National project coordinator, Tom Anayabere, said after the awareness program, the team will later prepare and test a portable desalination plant in the area as a formal technical demonstration.

 

Other areas that will be visited by the team include Ihu in Gulf Province, Milne Bay, Northern and Western provinces.

 

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