Water will soon bring income for Papua New Guinea.
A proposal has been approved in principle by the National Executive Council to pipe water from PNG to Australia.
Cabinet has considered this project important, with great commercial, social and economic benefits for both nations.
Water is a scarce resource in most parts of the world. In PNG we enjoy it in abundance.
The economic potential of water has been recognized and water from PNG will soon quench the thirst of Australians.
NEC has approved a proposal in its recent meeting to look at the possibility of piping water from Southern Highlands to Queensland.
An Australian Company, Might and Power Australia, has been engaged in a joint venture with a local firm, Water PNG, to do a feasibility study on this project proposal.
NEC has endorsed this joint venture to jointly develop the project from the feasibility study to commercial development.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, said the project will utilize PNG’s abundant Water Resources to supply users in Australia, especially in the Murray Darling basin where there is a huge demand.
Cabinet has also endorsed the Department of State Enterprise to take lead on all policy matters relevant to this project.
Other relevant departments like the Works & Implementation, Environment & Conservation, Foreign Affairs & Immigration, Treasury, Finance and Provincial Affairs have also been directed to support this project.
The concept to pipe water to Australia was first brought up in 2008.
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