Milne Bay Works On Alotau Urban Plan
The Milne Bay provincial government is working on Alotau’s urban development plan.
Provincial administration Ashan Numa said the urban plan is vital to the development of the Alotau, in line with the current national government drive to boost and empower the provinces with self sustaining revenue generation.
“One of the things is to look at making sure that our Alotau urban areas are moving towards growth,” Mr Numa said.
“So we are looking now to developing the Alotau urban plan which is now in its early stage.”
He said whilst the lack of funding has delayed the completion of the plan, the administration has been challenged with not having a team of experts especially physical planners.
“We last had a professional physical planner about two-three years ago but unfortunately we do not have one now, so we have been soliciting the help of the chief physical planner at the Department of Lands and we have been able to progress that,” Mr Numa said.
He added the provincial government has also gotten support from international treaty-based organisation Global Green Growth Institute.
“They have provided us with some technical advice and support to develop the plan so I would like to thank the GGGI team and the experts that have been with us.
“Within the last few weeks, we have been able to engage with them on Zoom conferencing from Korea where the institute is based and are into a number of discussions with them.
“They have done an urban development assessment for us and provided some perspective as to what is required and also help us move towards the stages required for us to finish the urban development plan.”
He said that while these have progressed, there is still work to be done with the call for support still open to partners out there to properly plan the town to reap the benefits of opportunities.
“As you can see most of our urban areas have been delayed in planning and most of the developments that are happening right now and in the past have not really had proper planning.
“So you can see the issues that we are having in terms of housing settlements because there is no plans for this, we want to see if we can put this into perspective, especially Milne Bay, that is our drive to start here in the provincial capital and move down to help the districts as well.”