The people of Dudi Trust Region in South Fly, Western Province will now be able to sell their fishery and agriculture products as far as Kiunga and Tabubil following the opening of a new jetty last weekend.
The jetty built at Madire village was funded through the Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) Tax Credit Scheme (TCS) at a total cost of K2.1 million and was officially opened on Saturday, October 15.
According to Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF), Manager Infrastructure Development, George Kombe, a total of K14.79 million through the TCS was approved to construct and upgrade five jetties in the South Fly Region.
The other four are; Sturt Island and Suki jetties in Suki Fly Gogo Region, Waliyama jetty in Manawete Trust Region, and Gesowa jetty in Kiwaba Trust Region, South Fly.
OTML through the Ok Tedi Development Foundation (OTDF) engaged Alotau based construction company, Nawae, to construct and upgrade the jetties.
It took Nawae Construction nine months to complete all five jetties from 13 March to 15 December 2015.
A small delegation led by OTDF Chairman and OTML’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer Musje Werror and OTDF’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Middleton went to Madire village on Saturday October 15 to officially open the jetty.
Other members of the delegation included Acting Assistant Secretary from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring Marie Pais, Deputy Provincial Administrator Robin Moken, General Manager Nawae Construction Ltd George Efstathiou, OTDF and OTML officers and media personnel.
OTDF Chairman Musje Werror told the people of Madire that in order for a project to be delivered successfully by OTML and OTDF it needed the support of the community and the provincial government.
“The greatest partners are the people, but without your support or interest, development in your region will not happen,” he said.
He also thanked the people for their consent and support for the mine to extend its operations from 2015 to 2025.
“The benefits that you have received, including this jetty, would not have been possible without OTML and we should all appreciate the hard work of OTML employees,” Mr Werror said.