The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013
By GYNNIE KERO
DISTRICT and local level government plans for 2011-15 are road maps to development in the Alotau district, Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon says.
He said the plans were meant to lay the foundations for improving delivery of basic services to people and encouraging an environment for development and change.
Philemon said this during the launching of the Alotau district five-year integrated development plan, LLG plans and the district website.
“Although Milne Bay is said to be one of the most progressive provinces in the country, and Alotau is said to be one of the fastest developing towns, the geographic and social economic challenges are huge,” he said.
The governor said long distances, high cost of transportation and changing weather conditions all contributed to hindering effective delivery of goods and services.
Philemon commended Alotau MP Charles Abel and the district administration for their efforts in bringing development and services to the district.
“The launching of the district’s five-year plan and the development plans for the LLGs are a testimony to success.
“The plans are not just important for Alotau but also for Milne Bay.
“My government has recognised this and has given support through the province’s services improvement programme for 2013,” he said.
“We have allocated some level of funding support for major infrastructure projects in the Alotau district.”