Jiwaka is the 13th Province in Papua New Guinea to have a new Physical Planning Board.
This means that they will have the powers and functions of the Ministry at the Provincial level in terms of decision making.
Last Friday, the Lands and Physical Planning Minister, Benny Allan swore in the Board members and unveiled the Kurumul Township’s physical plan.
The Jiwaka Provincial Government and its physical planning board members have planned for Kurumul tea, which is located along the Highlands highway to become their new headquarters and town.
The state owned 380 hectares of the land.
The physical planning of the township cost roughly K3 Million and was unveiled to the Lands and physical planning Minister, Benny Allan last Friday.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the Ministry and those who will be involved in the building of the township.
Minister Benny Allan urged the board members to be transparent in decision-making in terms of giving out land titles and must avoid outside influence.
He also urged them to plan proper and must have equal use of the land in terms of income generating activities like agriculture. Minister Allan told the Provincial Government to make funding available for board to be working.