Sirinumu Dam to be an attraction: Kulang

The Sirinumu Dam area has a huge potential to be a holiday getaway for Port Moresby city residents, says Tourism Minister Tobias Kulang.

The Kundiawa-Gembogl MP spent two nights on an island inside the dam area, which can only be accessed using motorised dinghies.

He invited the media personnel on Saturday for a visit to experience the locals’ efforts to tap into eco-tourism.  

Minister Kulang committed K100,000 to help them purchase building materials to complete their unfinished accommodation as well as picnic huts.

The Minister said directives will be given to Tourism Promotion Authority to work in partnership with Sirinumu Development Company (SIDCO), Sirinumu Eco-Tourism Cooperative Society, and relevant State companies operating in the area, to make things happen.

“I will give TPA directives to make it a high priority project, to work with other important stakeholders,” Kulang stated.    

He added that TPA will also provide training to eco-tourism operators to develop a product that will attract the 600-700,000 Port Moresby residents.

He challenged those wanting to venture into the eco-tourism project to make it happen and get ready to launch the product in 3 months’ time.

The Sirinumu Eco-Tourism Cooperative Society is partnering with local communities to build accommodation and picnic areas, which can be accessed using dinghies.    

Charles Yapumi