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Monday, 2 July 2018

Mining Warden Hearing at Wenebele and Bawaga Villages.

The Mining Warden Hearing for Wafi-Golpu Support tenements for SML 10 application commenced on Monday the 2nd of July 2018 at Wenebele and Bawaga Villages.

The Wenebele village of Yanta clan and Bawaga Village of Hengambu comprising of Elemu Gwagu and Demagu clans and Wonkins Village of Babuaf Clans are the primary landowners of the SML area and together with the LMPs and MEs under application for the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture.
Yanta clan have four groups while Hengambu has three Landowner groups/clans have turned up during the meeting in numbers and gave their views in regards to the tenement applications.
Firstly, the Community Affaires superintendent of Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, Mr.David Masani introduced the warden hearing team to the landowners and opened with a word of prayer to commence hearing. Then handed over to chief Mining Warden of Papua New Guinea, Mr, and Andrew to actually proceed into the Mining Warden Hearing.
The Chief Warden , Mr, Andrew Gunua conducted the Mining Warden Hearing  for Mining Easements comprise of ME 91, Me 93, ME 94. He explained the process of application with displays of posters and explained simplified illustrations with the flow chats of how an SML and supporting tenements are granted following due processes.
He further explained the warden hearing procedure and order of hearing.
The Chief Warden then allowed the company representative to explain to the warden hearing parties of the amendment to the orginal applications and the new work plans and David Masani explained exactly the company’s intention for the three amended ME applications.
The Chief Warden after recording the company’s work plan, he allowed the landowners to give their views whether they support the company’s application or object the applications. The people raised few concerns and asked few questions for the benefit of doubts of which the Chief Warden provided response which were of satisfactory to them.
The Chief Warden then closed the meeting upon satisfying all the requirements under the Mining Act 1992 regarding wardens hearing.
Further questions regarding benefits and other agreement meetings were raised after the meeting and the landowners were advised that, there will be a Development Forum of which the Mining Minister will officially open for them to further discuss matters of this regard.
The Project Coordinator Moses Mambu briefly explained the Development Forum to the landowners and the landowners were looking forward to the Development Forum later during the month.
The same procedure was followed at the Bawaga Village and warden hearings for ME 91, me 93 and ME 94 at both venues were successfully completed. These conclude the Mining Warden Hearing for the First Day and the warden hearing team anticipates  to complete the rest of the hearings in the remaining days.

Chief Mining Warden, Mr.Andrew Gunua Explaining the Flow Chat for SML Application Process at Yanta Community Hall

Landowner Acting Deputy President of Yanta, Mr.Johnson Ruben Responded during the Warden Hearing at Wenebele(Yanta Community Hall)
 
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