By Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
Port Moresby’s beachfronts and seaways are in a state of filth; overridden by garbage and a sure sign of the irresponsible behaviour of residents of the country’s capital city.
With major international events to be staged in coming years, it has become apparent to locals in Kanudi, on the outskirts of the city, that serious actions will need to be taken for the city to be clean and healthy.
Calls are now being made to city residents and those in surrounding villages to be mindful of how and where they dispose their rubbish.
A local community in Kanudi outside Port Moresby raised this concern when cleaning up their beachfront today.
Household and industrial rubbish discharged wrongfully on the streets, ends up in the sea.
The waves then wash them ashore settling them on some of Port Moresby’s most beautiful beaches.
At the Port Moresby Technical Collage in Kanudi, the beach is polluted with plastic bags, empty containers and beer bottles.
Starting yesterday, settlers living around the area volunteered to clean up the beachfront. This clean-a-thon is part of National Capital District Commission’s Christmas program.
With no proper gloves and safety gear the people visibly removed the rubbish with their bare hands.
Community leader, SizoUmeri said it is shameful when expatriates travelling to the LNG refinery site, see this ugly pile of rubbish.
Women’s representative, Angela Patrick, appealed to city residents and people from Hanuabada, Koki, Gabi and other neighbouring villages to be mindful when discharging their rubbish into the sea.
She requested Environment and Conservation Minister, John Pundari, to employ some people to clean the beachfront regularly.
Next year Port Moresby will host the Pacific Games, followed by the APEC Summit in 2018, but if our main beachfront is contaminated with rubbish, the visitor’s may be leaving with a different story.