PNG-Australia partnership

Daru Gets Legal Service Boost

A team of officials from Western Province accompanied by an officer from PNG’s Village Court and Land Mediation Secretariat met with village court officials and community members from the Tamate, Iaru, Cawo’o, Darowaro, and Central Kiwai Village Courts.

The meetings were an opportunity to share information and ideas about court and mediation services and how best they can support the community.

The officials inspected village court records, reviewed the conduct of court officials, observed court procedures and held information sessions for the communities.

20 years of Incentive Fund celebrated

In 1999, during Development Cooperation Treaty negotiations, the PNG and Australian governments agreed that Australia’s development cooperation program would include joint programmed assistance known as the Australia Papua New Guinea Incentive Fund.

Incentive Fund began in 2000 with the broad goal of encouraging PNG organisations to be more effective, build their capacity and ultimately contribute to the economic development and advancement of PNG.

Growing through road investments

“I started from one container. I had one receptionist and a small number of workmen plus some equipment,” Managing Director Thomas Pisimi recalls.

“I did almost everything myself: the accounting, the buying of parts. I was a one-man show.”

Pisimi focused his business on providing good quality work with good accounting and management and was awarded two PNG-Australia Partnership road improvement contracts for 186km of the Coastal Highway between Madang and Bogia districts.

Clean water, hygiene grants for provinces

The PNG-Australia Partnership grants, worth a total of PGK2 million, will support community-led health and education projects aimed at preventing the spread of diseases, including COVID-19.

The grants will allow communities to improve access to clean water and procure soap, sanitiser and cleaning products. The grants will also support provincial COVID-19 prevention training and awareness.

New clean energy projects

The program, launched in November 2019, aims to improve access to energy in rural communities across Papua New Guinea, by investing in innovative off-grid energy projects.

Pawarim Komuniti is part of Australia’s commitment under the PNG Electrification Partnership to help PNG meet its rural electrification targets.

The six new projects will help more than 100 villages improve community lighting, water supply, cooking facilities, education and distance learning, and phone charging. Partners will deliver projects in West Sepik, Western and Oro, Morobe and Madang provinces.

Sogeri national high ICT boost

The ICT resources provided to the school include the setup of 40 computers with software installation, wireless internet access and installation of a server and storage.

The support also includes the installation of a digital library commonly known as the E-Granary, which stores up to thirty-two million valuable learning and teaching resources. These can be used at the school to support teaching and learning across all subjects in the curriculum.