Good work Post-Courier keep publishing those PNG LNG press releases as news, what else would you expect from a newspaper within the Murdoch stable.
Post-Courier 'News' Article - 30 May 2012
Kikori women venture into veggie project
A KIKORI women’s group is building a vegetable farming business for its community thanks to a newly constructed nursery in the Omati area.
This initiative, featured in the PNG LNG 1st Quarter 2012 Environmental and Social Report, is one example of the support that the PNG LNG Project is providing to help identify, create and maintain sustainable business opportunities for communities nearby the project. With construction materials and support provided by the PNG LNG Project, the Omati nursery was built by Kikori community members to enable local women to gain knowledge and practical experience with new varieties of fruit and vegetables.
The nursery is managed by the Delta Green Field Marketing Limited group, which was formed by Kikori women to expand the supply of fruit and vegetables to project construction camps. PNG LNG Project Executive Decie Autin said the PNG LNG Project is committed to promoting the long-term economic and social sustainability of communities in the project area. “As the project enters its third year of construction, our work with communities is focused on enabling them to develop their own local capacities and skills,” Ms Autin said.
The First Quarter 2012 Report also provides insight into the PNG LNG Project’s ongoing commitment to education. “Education empowers communities and builds the foundation for human progress,” said Ms Autin. In addition to providing education materials and teacher training for schools, this quarter the Project expanded its community-wide Personal Viability training which is designed to help participants improve their livelihoods and manage social problems.
“To date, more than 250 people have participated in Personal Viability training which covers important topics such as respect for others, promoting positive thinking, budgeting for family needs and time and resource management. Training participants include both male and female community leaders, youths, pastors and married couples,” Ms Autin said.
The PNG LNG Project also continues to support the growth of landowner companies (lancos) and other Papua New Guinean businesses, with more than K880 million (US$424 million) spent with landowners companies for Project-related activities to date.
The first quarter PNG LNG Environmental and Social Report, the ninth quarterly report issued by the project, is available on the project’s website at pnglng.com.
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