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May 19, 2021

Locals Form Association to Bring Infrastructure and Development to Hela

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A group of landowners from Hela Province have formed an association to bring infrastructure and development into their local level governments.

The association known as Angore Tiddi Apa Group is made up of 48 Incorporated Landowner Groups.

The landowners met in Port Moresby and discussed a way forward in bringing education and health services to Hela.

The association was formed to improve the living standards of people in Hela, particularly people living around the Hides Gas area.

Landowners met yesterday and discussed ways on how best they can bring development under the Landowner Benefit Sharing Agreement.

Their priorities are health for women and children, and education.

Supreme Chairman of the group, John Ipidari, explained to other landowners that land disputes and other issues have costed the government K3.3 million to address, over the past seven years.

Thus, the Angore Association has developed and used a bottom-up model called Tambiabu Model, to ease their problems and work together with the state and LNG developer to benefit from the revenues.

They claim they have not seen tangible development through the sale of the Liquefied Natural Gas project in the past seven years.

The discussions include awareness from Transparency International and other government departments.


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