The National Executive Council has approved the Tolukuma Mine Access Road project which will link the remote Goilala area with Port Moresby.Acting Prime Minister Sir Puka Temu said Cabinet recently endorsed this priority impact project under the revised Memorandum of Agreement and released an initial K10 million to honour a State commitment made in 2008.The new road will connect to the existing Tapini Road that starts from the Aropokina junction of the Hiritano Highway to the Tolokuma Gold Mine, a distance of approximately 142.4 kilometres.“The funds will come out of the Rural Roads Program allocation in the 2010 budget.
“This mine access road will greatly enhance the flow on benefits to both the mine and local communities. Currently, access to the mine site is via light aircraft. It will also improve the mine’s financial performance by reducing the current high aviation costs of transporting fuel and consumables and also open up this remote area to services not currently accessible to the people,” he said.
The funding support from the Government is crucial for the project which will open up the economic potential of the Goilala District and the surrounding areas of Central Province.
NEC has also endorsed the establishment of the Project Implementation Committee, including the engagement of a qualified technical project manager to oversee the implementation of the project and the relevant reporting relationship with the National Project Implementation Committee (NPIC).
Approved for release!
HON. SIR PUKA TEMU, MP
Acting Prime Minister & Minister for Lands, Physical Planning and Mining