The National, Friday, May 13, 2011
THE people of the remote Bulumuri village in the Talasea local level government in West New Britain are to benefit the establishment of the V-Sat communications system in the area.
Speaking during the launching last week, WNB Governor Peter Humphreys, who initiated the project, said the V-SAT system cost K60,000.
Humphreys said the system would open the door to the outside world for the people there.
He said, in addition, the system would be used to warn passengers and ships travelling into the mainland from the outer islands of Bali, Vitu and Kove.
Thanking the national government, Humphreys said the provincial government had synchronised its focus towards bringing such services into the remote parts of the province.
He said areas without roads, proper health services and communication systems and schools were his government’s target.
He said the people of Bulumuri would be able to watch EM TV using the V-Sat signal and have access to internet when the system was fully installed.
Testing the system during the launch, Humphreys called the Makiri Government Station on Bali Island in front of the villages to confirm the communication transmission.
Humphreys then made a commitment to upgrade the road from Bulumuri to the provincial capital.
He said government heavy equipment, including bulldozers and graders, were cutting roads around the island of Bali.