By PATRICK TALU
A LANDOWNER group in Eastern Highlands province has been given the green light to venture into small-scale and alluvial gold mining activities.
These would be at the proposed Kesa gold mine in Henganofi district.
Chairman Bruce Amate of Nogne Landowners Association said his landowner company was in the process of mobilising resources and manpower to venture into small mining activities.
The landowner group has obtained two certificates recognising it as a duly registered group.
The first certificate is for “Recognition of Incorporated Land Group (ILG)” from the PNG registrar of ILG, and the second is for “Certificate of Incorporated Business” from the registrar of companies at the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA).
Mr Amate said after six years of pushing to register the association, it was a dream come true and a milestone achievement for his people.
He said the association was certified as the umbrella association as stipulated under the Land Group Incorporation Act Chapter 147 and automatically becomes the controlling body of other sub-landowner associations.
Mr Amate has urged the other landowner groups to get behind the mine developers and other stakeholders to ensure vital services are delivered to the area for the people’s benefit.