Australian High Commission

Plaque to remember fallen soldiers

The Australian High Commissioner and the Head of Australian Defence Staff in Papua New Guinea, joined the local community in Sanananda to unveil a plaque commemorating the 180 men who were left wounded, killed or missing after fierce fighting that took place between Nov 1942 and Jan 1943 in the area.

The visit saw the delegation travelling to Buna for a tour of World War II sites. They then joined the local community at Sanananda for a moving commemorative service and the plaque unveiling.

Scholarship awardees prepare for studies in Aust

The awardees are attending a three-week pre-departure workshop at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.

The event is designed to maximise opportunities for awardees to succeed.

Australia Awards represents the continuing commitment by the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia to build human capacity in Papua New Guinea through investment in education.

World-standard facility for Lae institute

Representatives from the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia opened the international-standard facility.

The facility was refurbished to include a new generator, an electrical upgrade to the workshop as well as new training tools and equipment.

Much-needed equipment for Telefomin Hospital

The equipment will support the hospital to deliver better services to the people of West Sepik, particularly antenatal, obstetric and paediatric services. The equipment, delivered with the assistance of the Australian Defence Force, includes items such as baby scales, stethoscopes, vital sign monitors and suction equipment for the delivery room.

Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davis, was pleased to provide the equipment.

Aussie GG touches down in PNG

The official carrier, The Royal Australian Airforce, touched down at 10:55am at the Jacksons International Airport to the welcome of a PNG Defence Force Guard of Honour and Royal PNG Constabulary Band.

At 11:02 am Governor-General Cosgrove disembarked and was greeted by Chief Protocol Officer, Morea Veratau, Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari, and Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm.

Media Council seeks equal access to media coverage for Aust GG

The Governor-General who will be acompanied by his wife Lady Lynne Cosgrove will fly in on the Australian Air Force Aircraft at 11 am.

Media Council President Alexander Rheeney made this call after local media have been rejected to cover a breakfast event with Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently.

 “The barring of local journalists from covering some parts of the Australian Prime Minister's visit early this month was unfortunate and should not have happened.

PNG and Australia to improve safety at sea

The new arrangement will see Australia provide support to NMSA to improve PNG’s compliance with international maritime safety obligations.

The arrangement will support safety for small craft and PNG’s maritime legislative framework. And also support NMSA to explore ways to more effectively and efficiently undertake ship inspections to improve regulatory oversight of commercial shipping.

All activities under the arrangement will be managed and implemented jointly and align with the Government of Papua New Guinea’s priorities.

​Australia continues support in sports

Delighted to stand before hundreds of people with disabilities to commemorate their day with sports partners, education programing officer Bervelynne Wangillen, representing the Australian High Commission, said sports plays an important role in communities.

It makes sure that people of all abilities can be active, confident and valued as capable members of their communities.

“Sport has a unique power to transcend barriers and bridge differences.

​ Chinese medical advisers deployed to PMGH

The first two short-term advisers from China are Dr Li Jin of Shandong Institute of Parasitic Diseases and Dr Liu Hui of Yunnan Institute of Parasitic Disease.

They will be based at the Central Public Health Laboratory (CPHL) at Port Moresby General Hospital for two and a half months working alongside their Papua New Guinea counterpart and CPHL’s Director, Dr Everlyn Lavu.

Dr Jin will take up the role of National Reference Laboratory Adviser and Dr Hui as the Laboratory Strengthening (External Quality Assurance).

PHDC sponsors 2016 literary competition

This is a Literary Competition open to all citizens of Papua New Guinea, of all ages, and is a way for all Papua New Guineans to express themselves in writing, whether it be in poetry, short stories or arts (illustrations).

There are nine categories in the competition and these are; short stories, poetry, essay and journalism, heritage writing, book of the year, illustrations, writing for children and Women in Writing. Emerging young writer is a new category that was added this year