The people of Nuku in West Sepik Province now have access to improved Government services under an infrastructure and governance program supported by the PNG-Australia partnership. The Access to Resources Centre (ARC) Project was launched with the District’s Five-Year Development Plan along with a women’s bakery.
The ARC project will strengthen the District Administration’s capacity to oversee the refurbishment of three Local Level Government (LLG) centres, in Palai, Yangkok and Maimai Wanwan.
These multi-purpose LLG centres will act as a central focal point for surrounding villages to access health referrals, agricultural extension and women’s support services.
District Administration officers have welcomed the development to help them effectively plan and implement priority services, and invest in new social and economic avenues for women and girls.
At the ARC ground breaking ceremony, Australian High Commission, Minister Counsellor, Andrew Egan said strong leadership and improved governance would ensure better and more equitable access to essential services.
“The Australian Government supports PNG’s efforts to improve local service delivery because access to health and education are not only vital for the future prosperity of this region but are a basic human right,” Mr Egan said.
Nuku is one of six priority Districts to receive this assistance to support to strengthen local service delivery.
By Jack Lapauve Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby