WARD councillors and local leaders have been hailed by Huon Gulf MP and Health and HIV-AIDS Minister Sasa Zibe, as responsible for the changes in the district, the latest being the unveiling of new equipment approved by the district’s Joint District Planning and Budget Priority Committee (JDP&BPC).
Mr Zibe, accompanied by Governor Luther Wenge, officially launched the equipment on Sunday.
The Salamaua LLG took delivery of a heavy duty generator, a 23-foot dinghy with 40horse power motor and life jackets, a deep freezer chest, a refrigerator, a portable sawmill set, a motorbike, eight sleeping bags, three pairs of gum boots, three brush cutters and medical resources for the Salamaua Health Centre.
Former Morobe Premier Joshua Haggai, who is now Salamaua LLG President, reaffirmed that strong cooperation is the base for changes and development to grow from.
The Huon Gulf JDP&BPC also allocated K290, 000 to the three LLGs, Morobe, Salamaua and Wampar.
“Under a new concept called ‘Hands Up – No Hand Out’, funds and equipments will be given to communities that have projects and initiatives to develop their areas,” said Mr Zibe, who also committed K1million to develop the Hote-Salamaua road.
Two jetties will be built under the Community Water Transport Program, following a feasibility study, with the villages of Busama, Buakap and Asini as the ideal choices, and after that Salamaua can benefit from the services of mv Rainforest which is only used by Morobe LLG. He stressed the need for law and order, and said peace is the ideal conditions to develop further.