The National, Friday 14th September 2012
LANDOWNERS of the Manus asylum processing centre at Lombrum are seeking K100 million in business development grants to help them prepare for active participation in the development of the Manus regional asylum seekers processing centre, their spokeswoman said
Interim chairwoman of the Pwahalopu’un Development Company Ltd, Mary Haden, said the memorandum of understanding signed by Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Rimbink Pato and Australia to re-establish the centre paved the way for the key stakeholders at the site of the centre; the defence force, the landowner association and Manus provincial government to finalise the economic package to be presented to the government to look at.
She said she was happy that the MOU signing had paved way for the physical establishment of the centre to proceed and it prompted the provincial government to finalise its development package.
She said the four clans of Lombrum were ready with an umbrella company that is registered to take part in the reconstruction of the centre and spin-off
benefits that has been agreed on for the communities.