The state has informed the Ramu Mine review meeting in Hagen that it has completed documentation and instruments for the establishment of a “Future Generations Trust Fund” for the Ramu Mine landowner associations.
Updated 6 March 2012, 21:07 AEST
Liam Fox, Port Moresby
Police in Papua New Guinea's capital have used tear gas and fired shots in the air to clear a crowd of angry land owners.
There were rowdy scenes outside the building that houses the Prime Minister's department in Port Moresby.
Hundreds of land owners from PNG's Southern Highlands gathered there demanding the government pay them millions of dollars in outstanding grants.
The Solomon Star is reporting that landholders in the Solomon Islands have mounted a protest against the environmental damage caused by the Gold Ridge mine near Honiara. The mine is owned by Australian company Allied Gold, which is also the operator of the controversial Simberi mine in Papua New Guinea which was forced to close by a tailings leak late last year.
Local leaders of the Kananam and Dapu people have spoken out in opposition to the governments controversial Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, and declared they will not allow the project to be built on their land.
(Photo: Adolf Skarmai (second from right), Vitus Kai (right) and other leaders)
"We hear we may be moved elsewhere but this cannot be! This is our land, our birth right," said Augustine Lalo.
By HENZY YAKHAM
The current resource exploitation trend, coupled with changes in natural resources and environmental laws of Papua New Guinea clearly undermines the true spirit of the Fourth Goal of the National Constitution. In effect, it has compromised this and PNG’s future generations.
Vision 2050 uses the analogy of a driver knowing where to go before getting into a vehicle, assuming the road map PNG. Theoretically, this might be so, but practicality it may not be easy, if not impossible.