Landowners shutdown Lihir airport

Gregory Moses | NBC News via PNGFacts | 29 May 2017

Landowners on Lihir, have threaten to shut down the Londolovit Airport today, over outstanding compensation demand of about K3bn, for more than 20 years.

Nimarmar Local Level Government Council Media Officer Tony Sapan, says the closure will affect the Lihir Mine’s Fly In Fly Out services, medicinal supply to the island, businesses, banks and emergencies if they occur during the closure.

“Ol papa giraun ting olsem company has used it long enough and they need to be compensated for it.

“Imas igat compensation agreement. The company has forgone meetings ol ibin plenim long toktok long dispela compensation.

“Na nau, failure blo ol ibai affectim mine, na the whole Lihir community.

“Ol (landowners) ibai planim gorgor long airport tomorrow.”(Monday 29.05)

Mr Sapan also says the landowners have set the April 15 as the deadline to talk about their compensation demand with the company, but this has lapsed and they now have opted to shut down the airport for an indefinite period.

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One response to “Landowners shutdown Lihir airport

  1. Daniel Tohiekanut

    Real issues behind the gorgor threat have not been highlighted here. Reviewing of the mining agreement is long overdue. NML’s operations on Lihir Island is seen as illegal by landowners and MRA hasn’t been coming good.
    Again the land on which the current airport is built is traditionally owned by the people ,yet there is no agreement between owners of land and the developer for usage.

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