BY MIRIAM ZARRIGA
The newlook was completed at the cost of K77 million, and has been labeled as the vision to transform the city.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill officiated at the opening, accompanied by state ministers and National Capital District Governor Powes 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 was an excellent job undertaken by everyone who was tasked with the job.
“When the government was re-elected, we began 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,” Mr O’Neill said.
Key redevelopments included roads, schools and hospitals, he said, adding that the upcoming APEC meeting which would see strong development partners come into the city and assist redevelop PNG.
“Port Moresby is changing, our city is growing as the fifth largest city in the Pacific. Let’s look after the city; there are lots of challenges but we are doing it and taking care of it.”
Mr O’Neill appealed to the city residents to look after the beach front.
Moresby South Member Justin Tkatchenko said that the reopening of the beach would not be possible if he and Governor Parkop had not fought with individuals who tried to “steal” the Ela Beach land title.
“Now that this beach is re-opened, it’s up to you all to maintain and assist us to look after these facilities.
“The challenge for the governor and I will be to ensure that the beach and infrastructure is maintained, and public safety is of priority,” city manager Bernard Kipit said.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop said that Port Moresby is growing: “Let’s work together to grow the city.”