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Papua New Guinea

Ela Beach closed on week days

BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA

THE newly opened K77 million Ela Beach will be closed on week days as the National Capital District Commission works on appointing a management team to look after the beachfront.

The closing of the beach was brought to the attention of the NCD Governor Powes Parkop, who was questioned by a parent why the beach was closed on the weekdays as stated by the guards on duty.

Mr Parkop said the beachfront was closed for a week by the city manager Bernard Kipit and opened only at weekends.

“It is only to allow NCD to appoint a team to manage the beach to high standards, we will make the appointment this week,” he said.

“When the appointment is done, we hope to have the beach opened, please bear with us, hopefully, for a short while.”

The beachfront was reopened two weeks ago and has been widely used by the residents of the city.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officiated at the opening and was accompanied by Ministers and Governor Parkop.

Mr O’Neill said the redevelopment of the beach was the icing on the cake of seven years of redevelopment of the city.

“It is an excellent job being undertaken by everyone who was tasked with the job,” he said.

“When the government was re-elected we begun developments of the cities, provinces and districts this was in line with our plan to ensure the people receive services through this developments this government has undertaken.

“We are making up for the loss of time and for the last six years we have made up that time and we are transforming this country.”

Key redevelopments included roads, schools and hospitals.

Mr O’Neill highlighted the upcoming APEC Leaders’ Summit in November which would see strong development partners come to Port Moresby and assist redevelop Papua New Guinea.

“Port Moresby is changing, our city is growing and is the fifth largest city in the Pacific,” he said.

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