Western Province

OTML pledges K20M for flood relief

Previously, OTML and its partners delivered K250,000 worth of basic food supplies to five flood-stricken villages in the Lower Middle Fly region.

Hundreds graduate from FODE Colleges

The five second-chance FODE Colleges and Satellite hubs have been established across the Western Province as part of SDP’s education program. The graduation ceremonies were held across Balimo, Lake Murray, Morehead and Kiunga, graduating 408 Grade 10 and 12 students - the largest-ever graduating cohort - and hundred more Grade 9 and 11 students progressing to their next year of studies.

Tabubil Hospital staff give back to patients

It was a wonderful and joyous night for all patients as the hospital staff brought great smiles and happiness to their faces by presenting them with gifts starting from the General Ward to Maternity, Accidents & Emergency, Children’s Ward, General Outpatient and TB Wards.

Tabubil Hospital Administrator, Margareth Samei said the issuing of the gifts has brought great smiles and joy to patients who were unable to celebrate with their families at home.

Renewable energy to transform Daru

The PNG Sustainable Development Program (PNGSDP) Chief Executive Officer Lesieli Taviri, made this known at the pre-conference session of the 17th PNG Resources and Energy Investment Conference on Sunday afternoon in Sydney.

Speaking at the Sydney International Convention Centre, Taviri highlighted the longstanding power issues affecting PNG, saying Daru continues to suffer from the lack of a reliable grid power.

Australia, Western Province relations progress

This gathering marked the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Western Province Strategy, aimed at fostering progress and development in the region.

Over the past year, significant strides have been taken in implementing the strategy's objectives, with a notable focus on key areas such as health, economic development, food and water security, and law and justice. 

OTML offer students opportunities

The company is launching its "Preferred Area Work Experience On-The-Job Training" program for the second time in 2023. The program will welcome 20 students from the Kiunga Vocational Training Centre.

Last year, OTML's Major Projects Team initiated this program and accepted seven trade students from Kiunga Vocational for training in fields such as mechanical, electrical, boiler making (welding), and carpentry. Impressively, four of these trainees were retained by OTML and are now progressing through the skills recognition program's second stage.

Daru hospital staff facilities

Australian High Commissioner, Jon Philp, joined Governor of Western Province the Taboi Abi Yoto, National Department of Health Deputy Secretary Ken Wai, along with local MPs and health officials to mark the start of the project, which will be delivered in partnership with Western Provincial Health Authority (WPHA) and the National Department of Health.

Australia has a long-standing and proud connection with the people and communities of Western Province, the largest and most remote Province in Papua New Guinea.

Fly Rice to hit shelves soon

The Samagoes Fly rice factory operated by North Fly Agro Ltd and launched by Member for North Fly District James Donald in 2019, is now gaining momentum.

They plan to distribute throughout the country and overseas, once it reaches its market potential.

In July, Member Donald announced during the launch of the Kiunga Agro-Industrial Centre and Vanilla Project that the next big project will involve vanilla, cocoa, rubber, and the commissioning of the rice project.

Clean Water for Murr

These structures have ushered in a new era of safe and clean water access for the local community and their school.

Prior to Australia's support, the 300 residents of Murr village endured the arduous daily task of trekking several kilometres inland to fetch water for their basic needs. This hardship has now become a thing of the past, thanks to the two complete water structures installed in the village.

These structures, comprising a total of eight tanks, include one in the main village and another dedicated to supplying water to the local school.

North Fly celebrations quiet

Kiunga town celebrated PNG’s 48th Independence over the weekend with no disturbances and no incidents at the Kiunga main oval.

It was an unforgettable turn-out as communities, businesses, and visitors were brought together in the heart of Kiunga.

The day commenced with the solemn flag-raising ceremony however it was the evening that truly lit up Kiunga as thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the Kiunga main oval to partake in the festivities.