Australia Continues To Support PNG: Special Report

For over four decades, the level of Aid being pump by the Australian Government into developing PNG’s infrastructures, has increased.

The focus is to rebuild basic infrastructures that centers around improving lives of ordinary Papua New Guineans.


Health, Education, Infrastructure and Agriculture, has been the main focus.

While most of these developments may go unnoticed, the impacts will go a long way, to benefit the ordinary Papua New Guineans.


The Australian government aid represents the continuous effort by the Australian Government, to build new infrastructures, and fixing existing ones, in the areas of health, Education, and road infrastructures in the country.


It covers areas that the PNG government hasn’t fully reached through national budget allocations.


Last Thursday, marked yet again, another one of the Australia’s contribution in the infrastructural developments in Papua New Guinea.


“Providing basic service to remote place in Papua New Guinea is a very difficult task, and in economical terms, it is very expensive”, the head of the incentive fund to PNG, Stuart Schaefer said.


Santa Maria High School on Goodenough Island, in the Milne Bay Province, may have been the of the other island of the Milne Bay Province, to open its new infrastructure on the Island, funded by the Incentive fund; a new administration block, a VSAT, two new staff houses, school clinic, and a mini market, costing more than K4 million.


“We must remember where the money has come from;this money is coming from the tax payers of Australia, they don’t necessarily have to give us money, but they are”, PNG’s planning minister and Alotau MP, Charles Abel said during the opening of the infrastructures.


Secondly, the Alotau General Hospital also got a new administration building, staff quarters, and hospital wards costing K10 million.


“The hospital continues to develop under the incentive funds of the Australian Aid program, Milne Bay Governor,” Titus Philemon said.


Milne Bay Province, like any other places in Papua New Guinea, is made of Islands scattered all over the Louside Archipelagoes. To get to the provincial capital, Alotau from these outer islands, requires several hours by boat.


And Health, Education, and other basic infrastructures, remained a struggle for those Island people.


Another is the Misima Island, featured on EMTV’s Tok Piksa about a month ago,  explains that plight of the people in this remote Island. The level of government services is nothing more than impressive.


Those are some of the stories that have been told over and over about difficulties faced by people in remote places, all over Papua New Guinea. Over the last decade, Papua New Guinea has been the largest recipient of the Incentive funds.


But the Australian government through its incentive funds says, it will continue to help PNG government filled in the voids in the areas of health, education, and other basic infrastructures.

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