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No decision made in Bulolo licence application

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017

THE Mineral Resource Authority has clarified that a decision is yet to be made on the application for an exploration licence in Bulolo.
Managing director Philip Samar was responding to the claim by Bulolo district administrator Tae Gwambelek that an exploration licence (EL2544) had been issued.
Gwambelek had supported the objection by business houses, Papua New Guinea Forest Products and town residents over the alleged issuing of the exploration licence over existing leases near the town.
But Samar said no licence had been issued.
Samar said the MRA would conduct a wardens-hearing to allow the public and stakeholders to discuss their concerns and raise objections against the application.
After that, he said the warden would table a report with the mining advisory council for consideration.
“There will be no need for a township relocation just because an EL application has been lodged,” he said.
He also clarified that the MRA “does not issue tenements”.
“It recommends (it) to the minister or the head of the state,” Samar said.
Gwambelek said the application would be opposed.
“Bulolo residents are prepared for the scheduled hearing on November 28 to tell the warden that Australia has done enough damage to land in Bulolo,” Gwambelek said.
Morobe acting Governor Waka Daimon said that the land from Golden Pine Bridge to McAdams Park across to Manki Tower and along the Watut River down to Pine Top was owned by the National Forest Authority.


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Bulolo opposing new mining exploration

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times| November 10, 2017

THE Bulolo district administration is strongly opposing a licence for exploration activities near the town because the land had been damaged by past explorations, Administrator Tae Gwambelek says.

The administration is supporting the move by the business community and PNG Forest Products  (PNGFP) after the Mineral Resource Authority  (MRA) issued EL2544 to the Wabu Alluvial Mining company  (WAM).

Administrator Tae Gwambelek said Australia had done enough damage to land in Bulolo leaving behind huge craters on which the township was built.

“History will never be repeated again,” Gwambelek said.

“We have Hidden Valley and Wafi-Golpu mining including many small-scale activities. That is enough.”

Gwambelek said the Bulolo district development authority also acquired an exploration licence from MRA to conduct explorations outside Wau and Bulolo towns.

“How on earth, will MRA issue the EL 2544 to WAM to conduct explorations within the town? It is illogical,” he said.

“Bulolo town is not an exploration area and we totally object to the idea.

“We have PNGFP, National Forest Authority, University of Bulolo, Telikom Exchange, district administration office, police and courthouse and many small businesses operating in town and paying taxes to the government.

He said as the district chief executive representing 102,118 people in 324 villages and 108 wards, the idea was 100 per cent rejected.

He said the scheduled warden hearing on Nov 28, would be facilitated in front of the district headquarters to allow people to air their views.

Bulolo business representative Aaron Akui urged Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke and MRA chief executive Philip Samar to review the decision.

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SME mining creating jobs for youths in Bulolo

alluvial watut

Post Courier | February 14, 2017

A SMALL to medium enterprise (SME) in Bulolo, Morobe Province is having a positive impact on youths in this area.

TRocks Construction Ltd  owned by Berldon Timah is a four-month old small scale alluvial mining company. Mr Timah said to date the company has created jobs for 48 workers who have been rostered on two shifts. He said business has been good but more could be achieved particularly for the youths in these rural areas through government intervention.

Apart from this venture, Mr Timah has established a small foundation in the area which provides help for the local schools, not just in this area but to neighboring Eastern Highlands Province as well. Timah says of the revenue generated from his projects 10 per cent goes towards the foundation’s activities.

Meanwhile, the foundation, with support from Mr Timah’s company has provided help by assisting disadvantaged communities with road projects and other basic services.

The foundation has also funded school infrastructure and supplies in the Eastern Highlands and Morobe Provinces.

Mr Timah said all his work was not to gain glory but to help give back to the community.


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Assess environmental damages, Bulolo LOs tell Pacific Niugini

Bulolo township

Bulolo township

Joan Bailey | Post Courier | June 24, 2016

LANDOWNERS from Kusi village in Waria local level government, Bulolo District have appealed to Pacific Niugini Minerals and MGL Limited to sort out the environmental damage caused to their environment.

Chairman Simon James and his assistant Sakixy Kabre told Post-Courier that the two companies started exploration drilling for minerals at their village in 2010. They said the exploration work progressed really well with the developers excited with the results where evidence of gold, copper and silver was discovered only seven metres deep into the earth and of high grade.

Pacific Niugini exploration licences around Bulolo

Pacific Niugini exploration licences around Bulolo

“Due to the fact that we lack government services, we offered our land that is rich in minerals to the developers to be extracted and bring in developments into our villages in order to increase our living standard,” Mr James said.

However, Mr James said they were shocked that the PNM and MGL Limited just left in 2014 without any proper explanation given or conversation held with landowners on their reasons to cease work. He said until now, they are still awaiting the response from the two explorers on the future plan of the Kusi prospect and also environmental damage caused.

Mr James outlined the environmental damage included deep trenches cut into the earth of two to three kilometres, several drill beds created, large surface clearance where forest are cleared chasing away all forest habitat, landslides, destruction of kawiwi (betelnut) plantation, bringing water supply from the mountains to their campsite doesn’t have a proper drain and it flows free so its continuous flowing runs into food gardens causing soil erosion.

Mr James appealed to PNM and MGL Limited to immediately consult the Kusi prospecting area landowners and solve the issue with them.


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Fifty years of mining but all the wealth has disappeared into foreign hands leaving Bulolo with nothing

bulolo dredge 1


Bulolo was a major centre for Australian gold mining companies for 50 years from the 1930s. But the profits were all exported leaving Bulolo today in the same state it was when the first foreign miners arrived.

The gold in Bololo was so enticing, eight giant dredges were made in Australia and then broken down into small parts and flown to Bulolo. It took two-years for all the parts to be imported and reconstructed on site.

The giant dredgers, driven by hydro power, dug down 60 meters creating water filled lagoons that still remain.

bulolo pond

More than 40 tonnes of gold was extracted worth some US$7 billion in the period from 1930 to 1960.

But the sad part of this story is Bulolo itself – still the same today, roads unsealed and no hospital, just a small clinic –  after contributing so much wealth into foreign hands…



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Unscrupulous Aussie miner sentenced to 12 months in jail

Simon Keslep | Post Courier

AN Australian man was sentenced to 12 months in jail for breaching a court order placed on him and his company.

He was issued a series of orders which he did not take into consideration and continued extracting gold minerals from the rich alluvial gold mining areas of Wau and Bulolo in the Morobe Province.

Defendant Julian King, who is an employee of Island Arch Gold Limited, was told yesterday by Lae District Court magistrate, Nasaling Bingtau, that if an appeal court document is being lodged, it is under all jurisdictions that all works must stop to allow the court to decide and make a decision.

Magistrate Bingtau said there were other restraining court orders given to King, but he did not take them into consideration and did not abide by them.

King was believed to be engaged in unlawful activities within the area he was mining alluvial gold in, especially in regards to share distribution of revenues with landowner Frank Kangas and another Australian, Malcolm Richard Gringer, under a joint venture agreement deal to extract gold minerals.

King was supposed to pay a 40 per cent of the shares to landowner Mr Kangas and 20 per cent to Mr Gringer for using his extracting machinery such as the tromill plant and other equipmet.

However King did not comply with the joint venture agreements, which led to the two parties taking him to court.

“You will now face 12 months imprisonment and also be deported to your country after you have served your prison term for what you have done in breaching what the courts of this country exercise towards maintaining justice,” said Mr Bingtau.

A relieved Mr Gringer, who has spent over K200,000 towards getting a lawyer and on other expenses, said that this should now be a lesson to all other foreigners who are doing business within Papua New Guinea.

“This has shown that justice has prevailed, because such people are engaging in such means to do business in which corruption is being highly practiced,” said Mr Gringer.

Mr Bingtau, after handing down the decision was informed that King was also apprehended by the courthouse security guards for having in his possession a pistol with 15 live ammunitions.

The pistol was fully loaded and was taken off him as he was going into the courthouse to attend to his court case.

The pistol was later brought to the Lae police station and locked up.

Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Fred Kaiwa said that King’s pistol was a licensed firearm and that he should have notified the security guards or even have left it with them at the station before entering the court house.

Mr Kaiwa said the police have locked up the firearm.


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