Awareness begins on deep sea tailings placement

National, Normal


THE Madang provincial administration is starting a major awareness campaign on the deep sea tailings placement and its effect on the people.
The awareness is being undertaken by provincial mines director John Bivi. 
Villagers living along the coastline of the Rai Coast district would be engaged in the awareness.
Speaking to people at Erima village, Bivi said the awareness would involve churches, youths, elders and women.
“It is important that we involve all people in the programme because everyone will be affected by it,” he said.
He said from past experience, awareness was not properly done so the provincial administration was seriously approaching the awareness at a community level,” he said.
He said five people would be chosen by the villagers to form a committee in the provincial government.
 “From the five people that you chose or elect, there must be a representative of women, NGOs, churches, youths and a community elder,” he told villagers.
A community representative Gary Kulonga said the villagers would work as a team.
Bivi added that there were already two deep sea tailings placements planned for Madang so people in the villages, especially along the coastline, must know about the effects of the waste disposal system.