North Fly

Over K6m budgeted for ward areas

Local MP and DDA chairman, James Donald, said this was among a number of decisions reached in their meeting last Tuesday (Nov 19) at Olsobip local level government station.

The North Fly District Development Authority board approved K6.1 million in direct funding to each of the 122 wards that will leave each ward with K50,000 each.

LLGs in North Fly include Nomad LLG 26 wards, Olsobip 16, Ningerum 24, Star Mountain 13, Kiunga Rural 30 and Kiunga Urban 6.

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North Fly to get three more high schools

The proposed new high schools are Olsobip High in Olsobip, St. Betila in Kiunga rural and Bedamuni High in Nomad.

This comes after the North Fly District Development Authority (DDA) passed its policy decision on their establishments during the first 2019 DDA meeting on February 11th in remote Mougulu station in Nomad local level government.

North Fly MP and chairman, James Donald, said it was a government directive that all LLGs in the province should have a high school.

Govt support pledged for Western road project

Minister for Defence and Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim, who officiated at the launch of Alicepit-Ambaga-Yetetkun (Indonesia) road project launch at the invitation of North Fly MP James Donald, assured the people this week that he would take the project to the Cabinet level for National Executive Council submission and endorsement.

He also took the opportunity to inform the people about the O’Neill-Abel government’s priorities, including connecting the missing links around the country by road.

Disaster update: House tool kits distributed

The North Fly emergency response team is among others working tirelessly to distribute food and medical supplies and tarpaulins with water catchment tanks, items that were donated as well as purchased by the local MP.

Mogulu station in Western Province has been the base of relief supplies which the team has been dispatching to the five care centres of Dodomona, Adumari, Digasubi, Huya and Walagu.

It is estimated close to 5,000 affected people are in the care centres.

Adumari has 826 people, Dodomona 1,550, Huya 1,405 and Walagu 1,207.

Western forms disaster committee

Member for North Fly James Donald is the chairman of the committee.

Following Monday’s concern regarding assistance not going into the province, particularly the North Fly district, Ok Tedi Mining Ltd responded positively with the request for a helicopter hire to carry out assessment in the areas affected.

Assessment started yesterday.

Donald thanked the management of OTML, especially Deputy Managing Director Musje Werror, for the timely support and assistance.

P’nyang must be a standalone project: Local MP

He said the P’nyang Project will be a stand-alone project that will form an integral part of Western LNG whose combined processing facility will be built near Daru in Western Province.

Currently, Western Province has two other upcoming gas projects apart from P’nyang which include Elevala Ketu and Stanley Gas with Juha already running under PNG LNG Project.

North Fly plans to partner with Indonesia

He is planning to engage contractors from Indonesia to work on major roads and other infrastructure projects in the District.

Donald said this is one of his priorities under his first 100-Days Plan in Office.

He said, it is cheaper to bring in materials across the border from Indonesia than shipping them from Port Moresby to Kiunga or Tabubil in Western Province.

Donald said his decision to look further West is in line with the current economic situation the country is facing and the need to cut cost and work within the means of his district’s budget.

Basil’s move, a betrayal of trust: North Fly MP

Donald has described their sudden departure from the Alliance Team in the Opposition, as an ‘act of betrayal’ and one that is driven by ‘fear and uncertainty’.

But, he says, that doesn’t mean individual MPs in the Opposition like himself will give in easily to Government but will still remain with the Alliance Team in the Opposition because it is not the only right thing to do but it is also to do with the wishes of his people.

Trial date moved for Kiunga landowner

David Kaya and his lawyer appeared before the Waigani National Court, where his bail conditions were varied, allowing him to fly to Kiunga where his trial will be held.

Kaya and his co-accused, who is also his lawyer, Philip Kamen, will stand trial next Monday before acting Judge Danajo Koeget.

Despite the matter being prosecuted in Port Moresby during the Committal Court stage, it will be transferred to the Western Province for trial because most of the witnesses are based there.