Namatanai

Lavongai embraces change

This was evident in the number of people who turned up for an awareness meeting on Tunung Island in Lavongai, hosted by the National Alliance (NA) Party branch of New Ireland.

Namatanai MP and Forests Minister Walter Schnaubelt visited Tunung Island for the first time. He was happy to see that locals have shown great interest in economic development. 

Minister Schnaubelt assured them he will work with their local MP and Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey to ensure that the existing CBO, Structure Management Team (SMT) work together with the NMT, for a way forward.

Schnaubelt Responds

Mr Schnaubelt in a statement said: “At the heart of the dismantling (not destruction) of the Seeto Council Chamber building and the solar technology equipment in Namatanai town is a question of who owns the land title and it’s land use, and whether consent was sought and secured to build the council chamber.

He said firstly, Namatanai District Development Authority is the legitimate owner of the land title in question. Secondly, the purpose of the land use involved is set aside for Namatanai Airstrip and not for a council chamber.

NIP Govt To Sue Schnaubelt

In a statement dated September 28th, the NIP government says intensive investigations will include proper legal affidavits from government officials and agents in what it said is the biggest and disgraceful destruction of property in PNG’s political history that must be tolerated by the State.

It said that Mr Schnaubelt was responsible for the demolition of the Seeto Council Chamber and the solar power installation in Namatanai in August, causing a public outcry in the province against him.

Farmers Buying-Point Launched

The Walter’s Farming Association (WFA) Sub-Buying Point is part of the ‘Stretim Ai Dua Pastem” initiative that the Namatanai District Development Authority (NDDA) is implementing.

Local MP Walter Schnaubelt said, “We are walking the talk and we are delivering at the door steps so that the farmers in Lelet do not have to go to Namatanai to hours away to sell their vegetables.”

“This is the beginning of many more sub-buying points to come because the farmers now have money that they can spend and save for their children’s school fees and other expenses,” Schnaubelt added.

DDA Business Ambitious

The company is owned by six Local Level Governments who each hold 4% shares, whilst the NDDA is the majority shareholder with a 76% stake in the company.

NAL Chief Executive Officer Hosea Kalis said, “We want to acquire assets and to build the company to have a strong value to negotiate with the bank to bring more development. This will enable the development of agriculture to enable people to have access to money and services in the community.”

Kalis explained that NAL belongs to the people of Namatanai.

Namatanai DDA Commits K5m

Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt made the announcement at the launching of Belhat Development Project 131 at Titigo village for wards 5 to 11 recently.

He said the NDDA has already approved K1 million which is now ready to be utilized for the scoping work to build the new assembly meeting area and administration.

He told the Matalai LLG president, Augustine Topi and his officers that 20 percent of the K1 million, about K200,000 must be spent on furniture and stationery for the assembly meeting area.

District Rollout Project

Villagers received water tanks, color bond sheets, ovens, pig fence and solar lighting units for families.

Lelet is located in the hinterlands of Sentral Niu Ailan Local Level Government where the high altitude and the cold climate contributes immensely to the production of best fruits and vegetables in the Namatanai District but has not seen service delivery in a long while.

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt assured locals that the Belhat Development Project was delivered to their doorsteps and more was expected.

K460 mill investment to NIP

Chairman of the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) Leon Buskens said according to IPA data from 2014 to 2020 statistics, 80% of the foreign investment was from Namatanai District.

Buskens, who was in the district for the opening of the BSP branch, said Foreign Investment in Namatanai District alone was about K340m for the last six years due to forestry, Lihir Mine and Simberi Mine.

“Namatanai District is a powerhouse in PNG so let’s work together because we have a good leader and we have a bright future,” Buskens said.

Namatanai lawyers conduct awareness

One of the facilitators, Vanessa Nongkas Kihanges, a consultant with Miarosa Consultants, said the aim of the event was to educate participants on their basic legal rights, the court system, court procedures and penalties under various laws, such as the Summary Offences Act and Criminal Code.

The workshops were conducted on June 27th to July 2nd at Bo Village, Namatanai Village, Punam Market and Karu Village.

K600,000 Waste Study

NDDA Chairman and Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt said the purpose of the K600,000 feasibility  study is to develop a best management system to cater for all the waste in the town and surrounding areas.

“We continue to pile rubbish in one location in town and there is a stench and it is also very unhygienic and an eyesore for the town users.

“I’m trying to address this and now I have got Pacific Green Technologies Eco-Solutions professional service to see what they can provide for us to cater for all the waste produced by human beings,” said Schnaubelt.