Image: L to R: Mr. Jamie Philips, Director Transport & Works, Mr. Lamiller Pawut, Provincial Administrator, Governor Sir J, Mr. Solomon Pela, Manager DoW, Mr. Yang Bing, Manager MCC SJC
By Staycey Yalo – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Transport and Communication for people of New Hanover in the New Ireland Province took a big step forward when the Provincial Government signed the contracts for almost K10 million for the new Trans island highway from South to North.
The signing ceremony which took place at Kavieng last week also saw a K1 million contract for the Mussau Ring Road.
Contractor, China Metallurgical Group Corporation, will build the New Hanover road that will run at a length of 50 kilometers from South to North and will open up travel and access to the mountaintops of New Hanover and open up more important access to farmers.
New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan says, New Hanover has gone into Rubber, Cocoa, Coconut plantings and Fisheries on a major scale and the road will bring a big economic boost and prosperity for the Islanders.
“Since 2009, New Hanover communities alone have received from the Province over One Million Five Hundred Thousand kina for community projects, on top of that the new Konomatalik High School costing over Three Million Kina, two new Jetties and Digicel Towers that add up to over K10 million. Across the rest of Kavieng District another K11 million worth of community projects including community halls, aid posts, classrooms, and roads as well as church projects have been funded from provincial funds. The new Government Official Residence and the new Kavavu Avenue with combined costing of K13 million are some of the big impact projects of the last 10 years of my Government in office. And I thank past Members of Parliament in spearheading and cooperating in all projects.” said Sir Julius.