PM passes condolences to family

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SIR Michael Curtain is likely to be best remembered for the significant contribution Curtain Bros made to the construction phase of PNG’s first LNG project and more recently the Motukea Island Port, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says.
He extended his and the nation’s condolences to Sir Michael’s family.
“It is with sadness that we received word of the passing of Sir Michael Curtain in hospital in Townsville over the weekend,” O’Neill said in a statement.
“I would like to offer our sympathies to Lady Jennifer, Peter, Louise, David, Christopher, and Sean at this difficult time.
“For a half century, Sir Mick worked in Papua New Guinea and has been responsible for many of the infrastructure projects that were undertaken in that time.
“Sir Mick is likely to be best remembered for the significant contribution Curtain Bros made to the construction phase of the nation’s first LNG project, and even more recently the Motukea Island Port project.
“He also deserves thanks and credit for investing in the PNG construction sector when other Australian construction companies withdrew from PNG in the 1980s.
“Sir Mick returned to PNG initially to undertake incomplete road projects in Oro, and he rapidly developed Curtain Brothers into a major force in the nation’s construction sector, a position it continues to hold today.
“When others departed, when conditions were tough, he returned, invested and showed his confidence in our future – confidence which the passage of time has more than justified.
“Curtain Brothers has long been a major participant in the Townsville and North Queensland construction sectors and an important business link between North Queensland and PNG.
“Papua New Guinea thanks Sir Michael Curtain for his commitment to the development of our nation.”

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