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Wau’s small scale mining centre attracts Goilala MP

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Wendy Katusele | Loop PNG | September 27, 2016

BULOLO district in the Morobe Province has a lot to offer and one such is the Small Scale Mining Training Centre at Wau.

This activity has now attracted interest from Goilala MP William Samb to send people from his electorate to attend courses offered by  the institution.

This mutual relationship with Bulolo MP Sam Basil for both districts to work together in the name of bringing tangible development to its people.

Goilala MP Samb officially opened the 6th Bulolo District Show on Saturday and a few hours later was on the road to Wau to see for himself the training centre.

He was accompanied by members of his Goilala District Authority who used the opportunity to see other projects run in Basil’s district.

Samb said while both electorates share the same boundary, there was a lot to learn from the Bulolo district and one such was the alluvial mining and training his people was paramout.

He was given a tour around the training centre and was impressed by the set up adding he would not waste time now but to see the first batch of students to come start training next year.

The training facility wholly funded by Mineral Resources Authority was established seven years ago and is the only training centre in the Southern Hemisphere according to training coordinator Samuel Leonarhd.

Leonarhd said the centre offers courses equivalent to TVET in certificate in Small Scale Mining which includes basic background information on small scale mining, introduction to law governing SSM in PNG, introduction to geology, simple gold mining and processing techniques, environmental issues, occupational health and safety, mercury, economics of small scale mining, social issues in personality and gender issues, HIV/Aids.

He said the courses come in level one, two, three and four with also extension and outreach programs offered.

Leonarhd said the centre was established in 2009 and its aim was to empower small scale mining alleviate poverty, reduced unnecessary deaths, awareness on safety practices.

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Small-scale mining could deliver K1 billion in revenue

Small scale miner in PNG granted license

One PNG

SMALL Scale Mining activities in Wau/Bulolo district of Morobe Province have contributed K4 million to the Government in terms of revenue.

wauMineral Resources Authority (MRA) Small Scale Mining branch manager Al Comparativo told small scale miners when presenting mining lease licenses to lease holders at Misis Booth near Wau last Saturday.

Mr Comparativo said the revenue should increase to K1 billion through approved mining licences.

The lease license number 270-277 was handed over to the mining lease holder Westie Awiong.

“I congratulate Awiong for being granted a mining licence by MRA to conduct proper mining operations after meeting all the small scale mining lease requirements.

“There are more than 124 mining licence applications waiting to be processed by MRA and four (4) mining licences had been granted. Three lease holders are from Wau in Morobe and one from Milne Bay Province,” he said.

Comparativo said the process of acquiring a mining lease is long and the mining lease holder must meet all the regulatory requirements by submitting a detailed survey report, development plan, compensation, environmental plan and financial capacity reports and submit it to MRA for its screening and approval.

He explained that Mr Awiong had met all the requirements and had been granted the mining licence by MRA to conduct mining operations at the ML 270-277 at Misis Booth in Wau.

The Philippine graduate geologist who spent 17 years in PNG said Wau/Bulolo had a long mining history during the colonial era and it should be restored back to its former glory as the leading and historical mining town in PNG, now and into the future.

Mining lease holder Mr Awiong thanked MRA for granting him the mining licence and also his partner Wabu Alluvial Mining Ltd for entering into a joint venture partnership agreement with him to help to get the alluvial mining project off the ground in Wau.

“I am grateful and honoured and thank MRA and JV partner Wabu Alluvial Mining Ltd for providing financial assistance to get this project off the ground,” a delighted Awiong said.

“I also encourage other small scale mining lease holders in Wau/Bulolo to follow the legal process to obtain the mining licence to venture into mining operations.”

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Mining School to get support

“The future of Bulolo’s economy will be on the hands of alluvial miners.”

alluvial miners at work

PNG Education News

THE Wau Small Scale Mining School will continue to benefit from funding from the Bulolo joint district planning and budget priorities committee each year to train local alluvial miners.

MP Sam Basil sees the future alluvial mining can provide for his people

MP Sam Basil sees the future alluvial mining can provide for his people

Bulolo MP and JDP&BPC chairman  Sam Basil presented K93,500 last Saturday to Al Comparativo, manager of the school, to facilitate  training of miners from the 110 wards of Bulolo.

The school was established by Mineral Resources Authority and Basil said the committee was obliged to continue its support.

“We have facilitated funding for 2014 training which will take in 110 participants from each of the wards.

“They will participate in the level one course and return to complete level two,” Basil said.

“The traditional long-term alluvial miners can be found between the highway between Bulolo and Wau towns and recently, we have increased activities of alluvial mining along Bulldog Track and along Waria Valley into Buang.

“The future of Bulolo’s economy will be on the hands of alluvial miners.”

Basil said from the estimated K400 million projected into the national economy in 2011, more than K100 million came from the Bulolo alluvial miners.

“With continued support, I believe that MRA will have continued trust in Bulolo district and I will make sure that our support continues as long as I remain the Bulolo MP.”

Comparativo thanked the Bulolo JDP&BPC on behalf of the MRA.

Basil said only Grade 12’s passing out of Grace Memorial Secondary and Grade 10’s from Baiyun High who have been selected into tertiary institutions will be accorded sponsorship from the Bulolo  JDP&BPC

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Kibush Capital signs agreement to begin gold mining in Papua New Guinea

Kibush Capital 

Kibush Capital Corporation announced today the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with the leaseholders of Mining Leases ML296-301 and ML278 located at Koranga, Wae [Wau], Papua New Guinea. The leases cover approximately 26 hectares of Alluvial Resource and are located in an area that has been producing gold since 1920.

Kibush Capital recently announced that it added three mining experts to its Advisory Committee.  One of those experts, Ken Unamba, a geologist, has reviewed a recent geophysics survey of the leases conducted by Elliot Geophysics (PNG) Ltd. and has interpreted the data from that survey to estimate that there is potentially a resource of 450,000 ounces of Gold (Au), based on today’s spot rate of $USD1,328.80, equating to $USD597M.

Mr. Unamba will undertake a more detailed study to sample resource depths which should increase the indicated resource, to be undertaken once processing has commenced. The infrastructure within the site includes warehousing, camps and some mining and transport equipment. Kibush Capital would look to upgrade this to the latest available to ensure productivity is at the maximum to increase profit margins.  This will be overseen by Leonard Kara, a Senior Mining Engineer, also a mining expert on the Company’s Advisory Committee.

The site is accessible by road. This is essential in Papua New Guinea as the freight costs can be a hinderance when working in remote locations. Vincent Appo, our third mining expert, who will be managing the Project, has provided a detailed Mining and Operations Model that indicates Profitable Production within three months of the beginning of processing, with access to staff and workers from local villages.

This project provides Kibush Capital with an ideal way of commencing operations quickly and with immediate revenue. There is scope to further develop the resource within the Lease Area with testing and sampling and there is the possibility to have additional JV agreements with surrounding Lease Holders.

About Kibush Capital Corporation:

Kibush Capital identifies companies with proven products and opportunities that can be sold to produce revenue.  It is looking for opportunities that can be scaled up quickly and Kibush Capital will provide the management and financial expertise to move its acquisition to a higher level.

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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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Wau not benefiting from Hidden Valley mine

By Frank Rai

The historical town of Wau in Bulolo District of Morobe Province is in total chaos with school, health and road infrastructure falling apart. And local leaders at this mining township have raised concern for immediate Government intervention to save the town from its current deplorable stage.

Ward 11 councilor Reuben Leang from the Wau Bulolo Urban Local Level Government (ULLG) says that basic services are deteriorating and there is an increase in law and order problems.

Mr Leang said he was speaking on behalf of all the community leaders, business houses and residents of Wau town.

“While a lot of mining operations bring development in the district, there is nothing here to show. The infrastructure of Wau hospital is falling apart with an acute shortage of medical supplies”.

He added that the current rundown hospital buildings should be condemned as unfit for human use.

The Wau town councilor also said the newly constructed police barracks seemed incomplete because there was no water supply connected into the houses.

Mr Leang also said there was also shortage of police personnel and law and order problem was getting out of hand in the town.
He said despite various mining activities including the large Hidden Valley Gold mine, Wau town was still a ghost town with services deteriorating.

“The people are in doubt over the royalties from Hidden Valley Gold mine.  These monies are not trickling down to Wau town.

“Literally, there is nothing here to show that there is a giant gold mine in the area”.

Meanwhile, Wau Bulolo town mayor Jack Nawei said the Wau Bulolo ULLG was still in the dark as to when they would receive their allotted funds for the services.

Mr Nawei said funds were available but the district treasury in Bulolo had run short of blank cheques and that was causing the long delay.

“We have funds available but the problem is with the district treasury. They have not brought in blank cheques and we are still waiting”.

He said the people of Wau had every reason to raise their concerns because the Bulolo Joint District Planning and Budget Priority Committee (JDP&BPC) had done nothing to save the town.

Mr Nawei said the Bulolo JDP&BPC had been concentrating on the rural areas for the last four years, leaving both Wau and Bulolo towns to the mercy of the people and private companies.

He said it was time the Bulolo JDP&BPC redirected its focus and address infrastructure and law and order problem in the two towns.

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