Millions of dollars from Australian taxpayers are being spent to seal the Boluminski Highway in New Ireland, in the shadow of the giant Lihir gold mine run by Newcreat Mining.
In total the Australian government is spending $400 million on Phase 2 of its Transport Sector Support Program in PNG.
Australian taxpayers are footing the bill for infrastructure PNG’s huge foreign-owned mines were supposed to pay for.
Boluminski Highway sealing underway
PNG Loop | April 27, 2018
Works are well underway in New Ireland on a major project to reconstruct 32.4 kilometres of the Boluminski Highway between Pinatgin and Loloba.
The K39.4 million project is being delivered through the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership, with the support of the New Ireland Provincial Government.
Australia is committed to supporting a prosperous Papua New Guinea. Works along the Boluminski Highway will help business and local communities access markets and services and boost the tourism industry in New Ireland Province.
Department of Works Secretary, David Wereh, is pleased to see the project progressing well.
“This is an important project on an essential economic corridor for Papua New Guinea. The project will nally link the centres of Namatanai and Kavieng with 265km of sealed maintainable road.
“This will be a signi cant achievement made possible through a long term commitment by the Papua New Guinean and Australian governments,” he said.
More than 140 local residents are employed on the project and works are expected to be completed by the end of December 2018.
The project is being delivered through the Papua New Guinea – Australia Transport Sector Support Program.