Murray Barracks

PNGDF celebrates HQ's 50th Anniversary

The events included an address from the Commander Defence Force, Major General Mark Goina, and a flyover of two Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18F Super Hornets.

The Papua New Guinea Defence Force Headquarters was established in January 1966, as the PNG military command base. The base was linked to the Northern Command Headquarters in Australia.

On February 1, 1972, the joint Force Headquarters was established. On January 26, 1973, it was designated as the headquarters for the PNG Defence Force.

Military Wives Sports Initiative

Trukai supplied 300 kilograms of Trukai medium grain rice in support of the tournament that will cater for over 360 Military wives from six different units that participated in this annual event.

The host unit, Force Support Battalion, thanked Trukai Industries Ltd for their support and efforts towards the military wives.

Commanding officer for the host unit, Lt Colonel Roderick Noyamefa said the main reason behind the games is to promote equal participation and to build confidence and unity among the women and in their home settings.

10th COVID-19 case confirmed

This is PNG’s tenth case of COVID-19. She works at the PNG Defence Force at Murray Barracks but lives off-site in a shared accommodation. She was tested as part of the ongoing mass testing of the staff at the barracks following the announcement of the 9th patient on June 20. Her positive PCR test result was received today from the Queensland Health Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia.

Body found at Murray Barracks

Residents alerted police yesterday after noticing dogs scavenging on the body.

The clothes of the deceased identify it as a woman; however that needs to be confirmed by forensics.

Images supplied to the Loop PNG newsroom today, showed only the skull of the deceased.

Residents speculate that other body parts were taken away by dogs.

Despite that, the stench of a decaying body still surrounded the area where her whole body initially laid, indicating that this was a recent death.

Hundreds walk against violence

This is the effort in the nation's capital.

The usual yoga for life and walk for life platform has been used time and again to push messages such as this.

The walk started at Murray Barracks at 5am today.

Wearing maroon and holding placards to end violence, the walk continued onto the freeway, down Poreporena highway to Sir Hubert Murray Stadium where a stage was set up.

The main program started there with entertainment and speeches, while a minute of silence was observed to remember those who had lost their lives as a result of violence.

Celebrating their ethnicity

East Sepik Provincial Day was held at the Murray Barracks, recording the biggest crowd of the day.

The venue was packed and many more still making their way in by midday.

The public even joined in on adorning a few traditional attire and body paints and danced along with traditional singsing groups who took the arena.

Student hit-and-run case still pending

The case involves a hit-and-run accident of a student at Murray Barracks on Oct 5 last year.

The case of the driver who is allegedly responsible for the death of Port Moresby female student, the late Ann Murray Makis, opposite SVS at Two-Mile, returned to the Committal Court for mention today.

Allen Alex of Korobosea village, NCD, was arrested on Oct 5, 2016, and charged with dangerous driving causing death after he surrendered himself to police in fear of his life. He was allowed bail on Oct 14, 2016.

No files yet for driver in hit-and-run accident

The case of the driver who is allegedly responsible for the death of a Port Moresby female student returned to the Committal Court for mention on Wednesday.

Allen Alex of Korobosea village, NCD briefly appeared on K1,000 bail before Magistrate Cosmas Bidar who further adjourned his case to next month. He was allowed bail on Oct 14, 2016.

He told the court that police have not served his files or what is a hand up brief consisting police investigation on the allegations before the court.

NCD Walk for Life program set for Sunday

Governor Parkop said the 2017 Walk for Life Campaign will kick off this weekend.

 He urged city residents to gather at Murray Barracks on Sunday at 8:30 in the morning to start the walk.

The promotion of healthy living and change of mindset was the main drive captured in the Walk for Life program.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop says he has seen the difference the program has made to the community and is pushing to involve wider participation.

Governor Parkop said on Wednesday that the program would see mass participation from people from all walks of life.

Murray Barracks to come alive with Carols by Candlelight

The 2016 National Capital District (NCD) Carols by Candlelight is the time when city residents come together with their families to enjoy and singalong to their favourite carol.

Artists performing on the night are Bomana string band, POM Vintage, Erima Seventh Day Adventist Youth Choir, Mereani Masani and favourites Jokema.

Residents are invited to join NCD Governor Powes Parkop to ‘walk for peace’ to light the streets with love and peace before assembling at Murray Barracks.

The program kicks off with yogabatics and the Christmas address by Governor Parkop.