Bridges and a New Airport

Newsletter No 20

Since Cyclone Guba in 2007, the people of Oro Province have battled with bridges that go up and then come down again, particularly during the wet season. In this area, bridges allow people to be connected with the vital services that Popondetta town offers. These include the hospital, supermarkets and pharmacies.

The bridges also make it possible for fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the villages to be brought into the major market in town.

With funding from Australian Aid, Canstruct, a Brisbane based construction company, has been building four vital bridges in Oro Province. The bridges are located at the Kumusi, Eroro, Girua and Embogo.

They have been built over a period of three years using Australian and local labour.

It can now be confirmed that these bridges are fully operational. Their durability will not see them go down anytime soon.

The K34m refurbishment of Popondetta (Girua) airport is now almost complete. Financed mainly by the Asian Development Bank and the PNG Government, the project is being carried out by the China Harbour Engineering Company. A security fence around the complex has been finished as well as a lengthened airstrip, which is able to take Boeing 737s. The new terminal is about to open in a matter a weeks.


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