Bendan’s bridge, only held together by a rock, balances the hope of Goilala people. This is one of the on the Mona-Goilala highway, linking Tapini to Port Moresby. One day the bridge will go and the link to the outside world cut if nothing is done before the next monsoon rains arrived.
The collapse of the bridge will have adverse effect so on the economy of the district. It will cut off movement of goods and services in the area like health and education which are solely provided by the Catholic Church agency and whatever remains of the government services in the district headquarters.
Many attempts have been made to contact the office of the open member Mr. Daniel K. Mona but every time the answer has been “we will look into the matter”. Until now there is no progress.
Sacred High School has been using its initiative to keep the road open by digging landslides and maintaining bridges.
Goilala people are riding on the backs of their children. They have no machines and no money.
Words & Pictures by Father Casmiro Kito