The National, Monday July 9th, 2012
A MADANG open candidate has applauded the well-behaved attitude of its people during polling which ended last weekend.
Counting is scheduled to start today.
Bryan Kramer, who is among 47 candidates contesting the seat, said the people had made their choices through a vibrant democratic process. “And they must be congratulated.”
Kramer, who had publicly outlined his plans to secure K1 billion to redevelop Madang if elected, said: “Madang’s tag as the pearl of the South Pacific has long since lost that reputation.
“In recent years, Madang has made headlines for murder, rape, corruption, a decaying road system and its rubbish-infested streets. I plan to change all that,” Kramer said in a statement at the weekend.
He said in the past 12 months, he and his team had worked on a 20-year development plan for the district. It covered infrastructure and industry development through to the introduction of ward development planning to address issues at the community level.
He said the government’s current allocation of K4 million to each MP every year was insufficient to initiate real, tangible and sustainable development.
“Madang needed K1 billion, which will be sourced offshore, to rebuild through proper planning, design, construction and administration.
“Law and order issues will also be addressed. Roads, urban electrification, water supply, health and education will be upgraded.
“An aggressive global marketing tourism campaign and eco-tourism programmes for village communities are included.”
Kramer said while this might sound ambitious, it was achievable.
He had initiated discussions with Kramer Ausenco to put together a project funding proposal. The company recently played a leading role in securing K1.2 billion funding for the Western Highlands government in their plans to redevelop Mt Hagen city.
Kramer Ausenco had been responsible for major projects in the country, South Pacific and Australia.