THE Rabaul district headquarters has been relocated to the Kurakakaul Estate, along the north coast of East New Britain province.
Provincial Lands adviser Mary Dadatliu said at the opening of the new district offices on Monday that Kurakakaul was an “extension” of Rabaul town which was badly affected by volcanic eruptions in 1994.
She said Kurakakaul should not be developed in isolation and should be linked with other growth centres in the province to get the necessary Government services.
Ms Dadatliu said Mt Tavurvur was still erupting but at least the province had centres in the Pomio and Gazelle districts where the people could continue to receive services despite the volcanic activities.
Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat thanked local businessman and the former owner of the estate, Nakikus Konga, for selling the Kurakakaul land to the provincial government despite offers from other buyers.