Sawmills to improve rural housing, infrastructure

Caption: North Fly MP James Donald (left) presenting the cheque to William Meninga, sales manager Bishop Brothers (centre) witnessed by company’s general manager Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Len Pianta, on Tuesday in Port Moresby.


FIRST 20 different rural locations in North Fly district, Western, will soon get a portable turbo sawmill each to cut their own timbers and improve housing and public infrastructure buildings in their communities.

This comes after North Fly MP James Donald presented close to a million kina cheque in payment of these sawmills to Bishop Brothers on Tue, Oct 8 in Port Moresby.

The payment totaling K999,000 was for the first batch of 20 portable turbo sawmills.

Mr Donald said the source of the payment was from district services improvement program or DSIP funds.

He said it was aimed at improving rural housing and public buildings and infrastructure like classrooms, health posts and teachers houses in rural parts in his electorate.

“The 20 turbo sawmills come with full set kits. They will be delivered before the end of the year, around mid-December,” Mr Donald said.

He said the first 20 recipients include four growth centres and 16 wards areas across five different local level government areas in North Fly. Distributions per LLG are as follows;

  • Ningerum – 5
  • Olsobip – 4
  • Nomad- 4
  • Kiunga Rural-6
  • Star Mountain – 1

Mr Donald said the second and third batches of sawmills totaling more than 40 would be bought soon and distributed in other different rural locations within the district.

He said the second phase would include purchase and supply of roofing iron sheets and nails to respective locations where sawmills were distributed.

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