PNG Biomass Project Director, Michael Henson, presenting a project update to District and Provincial Administration.
In mid-November 2018, the Huon Gulf District Administration’s Acting CEO, Moses Wanga, and staff visited PNG Biomass for an update on our renewable energy biomass project. The PNG Biomass stakeholder engagement team welcomed the Huon Gulf delegation and shared with them the latest news, updates and progress made over the course of 2018.
After the biomass project update and screening of our ‘Local Voices’ video, the Acting CEO of the Huon Gulf District Administration proposed to schedule a follow-up consultative meeting to also involve the Provincial Administration and the Markham District Development Administration.
A subsequent consultative meeting took place on 28 November 2018 at the Lae International Hotel. The meeting was well attended with over 20 participants, including landowners from the PNG Biomass impacted areas in the Wampar and Umi/Atzera LLGs, Huon Gulf Administration, Morobe Provincial Administration, Huon Gulf Electoral Office, and PNG Biomass staff.
The PNG Biomass Project Director presented to the participants an overview of the project with a focus on the benefits the project is already generating for landowners and communities.
The Deputy Provincial Administrator, Masayan Moat, expressed in response to the presentation his appreciation for the detailed information that was presented by PNG Biomass. He said there is clearly so much that PNG Biomass is already doing for our people and this consultative meeting is a great opportunity to share this information with the local authorities. While there may have been updates on the Project’s progress in the past, the Administration only now fully understands the extent of what PNG Biomass is doing and benefits it’s creating for the people in the Markham Valley and Morobe province.
The Huon Gulf CEO said there was so much that PNG Biomass has done in the Wampar and Umi/Atzera areas, and importantly the landowners are really benefiting. He said it was good that PNG Biomass provided this detailed level of information to the Huon Gulf District Administration because this is a key Project that has not been captured in the past by the District’s Five Year Development Plan. With the Morobe Provincial Government putting together a provincial plan, the Huon Gulf Administration will now be able to capture what has been presented by PNG Biomass in the district development plan.
The District and Provincial Administrations expressed their appreciation for the extensive update and proposed to meet periodically in a similar forum to hear from PNG Biomass on the Project progress and assists where possible.