MP: K600mil wharf to boost economic activities in Huon Gulf


THE K600 million Labu Tale wharf project in Huon Gulf will boost local socio-economic activities provided with spin-off and employment opportunities to locals, says MP Ross Seymour.
Seymour said the wharf would be the second biggest, apart from Lae main wharf, that will cater for cargo and container handling (stevedoring) activities due to increase business activities in Mamose and Highlands.
“Local Labu people, including the entire Salamaua and Buang people in Bulolo that share a border with Salamaua, will benefit from various spinoff activities” he said.
A plan is also in place to build a cable line train for container clearance direct from the wharf along the Pileh-Gabanziz-Wampet-Mare route across to Nadzab container stacking yard for cargoes destined for the Highlands, Madang and Sepik.
Seymour said a small township is also being planned for the special economic zone at Labu Tale.
He said the three Labu clans had offered their land for the project which had been surveyed by district officer Brian Dikori and his team to identify land boundaries.
This will be followed by a proper land survey to enable land registration for landowners to acquire land titles.
Seymour said the project would start after the groundbreaking.
“Soon after groundbreaking, the road access will also be constructed from Pileh (Markham Bridge) down to the project site and farther to the Salamaua border to enable future road construction to link to the Morobe local level government area,” he said.
Seymour also urged hinterland Wabubu (Wakop, Buasi and Bumatu) villagers to release their land for development activities in partnership with government to realise services and development in their area.