The National newspaper, PNG published on Monday 24 November, 2014
A traditional ground breaking ceremony at the Beama village in Oro Bay marked the start of the construction of four bridges in Northern at a cost of K139 million.
Canstruct Project director Dan Murphy said the ceremony was to respect the local customs of the villagers who lived around the bridges at the four sites.
“We brought them all into one central place to Oro Bay and we celebrated the start of the project construction, Murphy said.
“We had lots of dancing and lots of traditional entertainment with traditional kaikai and a few pigs and we observed a lot of the traditional customs of an event like that.”
Canstruct was awarded the contract by the Central Supplies and Tenders Board in October last year.
The project is funded by the Australian High Commission.
“We’ve got about 80 local people employed in the projects – Kumusi, Eroro, Girua and Embobo bridges.
“The bridges that were built over these rivers lasted about 30 or 40 years. Now with the new ones we will construct, if another flood happens, they won’t be washed away.
“The designs are much better than it was before and they are designed to Australian standards and to last 100 years minimum.”
The bridges will replace those destroyed by Cyclone Guba in 2007.
The province covers 22,800sq km, and has a population of about 176,206.
The bridges are essential for the safe passage of local people around the province.
By Helen Tarawa,