New Ireland Government

Reserved LLG seat for women

Governor Sir Julius Chan made this announcement following the province’s one-day LLG elections polling.

“This will allow for gender balance at the LLG level,” he said, which is also in line with the matrilineal culture.

Furthermore, the New Ireland Government is determined to give the LLGs more autonomy and has moved to increase approved project funding for presidents to K200,000 while ward members will continue to receive ward level funding of K30,000.

Community supports public funds probe

Raphael Boski, the Konogogo community leader from the West Coast of Central New Ireland LLG, said persons who hold positions of trust and authority must be held accountable when dealing with public funds.

Boski is supporting the Governor’s office, who sought the help of Police Detectives to investigate cases of community projects like church buildings, community halls and aid posts that were funded, but never erected.

Sir Julius Chan called for an investigation into alleged misappropriation of Government Project Funds given between 2010 and 2017.

New Ireland to enact Forestry Act

Following its meeting last December, the Provincial Executive Council directed the administration to draft the Provincial Forest Law that would align operations of the PNG Forest Authority and National Forest Service with the conditions in the 2018 Service Delivery Partnership Agreement and Greater Autonomy endeavor. This was signed on Tanga during the Council of Elders meeting last November.