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Infrastructure

Infrastructure in the province, espe- cially with roads are currently inade- quate. To avoid rapid deterioration of the existing road networks, the provin- cial government has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with certain private companies like Milne Bay Industries, who are heavily involved in logging in the province, to maintain the main access roads.

"We saw the need to enter into that arrangement so that we can harvest organic coffee that is grown in the highlands of Milne Bay," said Acting Administrator, Wilfred Leleca.

The MOA was signed in December 2001 between the Provincial Government and the company to build and maintain a road that will extend to Magarida in the Central Province.

Government support to private sector The Provincial Administration has,
through the Division of Commerce and Industry, established a scheme which will be known as the Micro Credit Scheme or Micro Finance Fund to promote broad-based development.

For sustainability, a company will be established to operate MIFF as an independent entity, separate from the provincial government.

The Provincial Government engaged the National Research Institute, Dr Agogo Mawuli to conduct necessary studies into the viability of the scheme.

Taking into account the current economic situation of the country, the scheme targets people who would normally be unable to obtain monies from existing commercial banks.

The scheme is expected to enhance income creation and employment throughout the province.

According to Mr Leleca, the Milne Bay Administration has identified two priority areas to address, based on current statistics. The first is the economic sector in which the GDP has fallen to an all-time low of about 2 per cent.

To arrest the problem, the business arm of the provincial govemrnent, Milne Bay Properties Limited, is assisting cocoa block owners and coffee block owners to rehabilitate their blocks at no expense to them.

The second area. is health. The Administration's policy on health is to improve the health of its people. Although the health status of the province is favorable in comparison to the national average, deaths among mothers (3.7/100), and infants (64/100) are high.

The present declining health status can be attributed to factors, which are external to health, including inadequate resourcing at national, provincial, district and LLG levels and the high cost of delivering services.
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Tourism & Hospitality

Napatana Lodge, an eco-lodge, is the first of its kind in Milne Bay.

Conveniently located on the beachfront of the Bay at the edge of Alotau town, the lodge consists of four (4) self-contained bungalows and a backpacker's dormitory all blended into a village setting.

The bungalows are designed for the tropics with high roofs and a lot of ventilation to provide maximum comfort for visitors.

Gretta Todurawai, President of Milne Bay Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Napatana Lodge said that her main vision is to foster eco-tourism in the province to bring rural development into the local villages.

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"Eco" Tourism - Tourist Destinations

  • Waterfalls
  • Skull Caves
  • Hot Springs
  • Wreck Dives
  • Extinct Volcanoes
  • WW2 War RElics
  • WW2 Wreck Dives
  • Mountain Trekking


Traditionally built Yam House
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The focus of the business is to lure backpackers and eco-tourists from abroad to visit the province and experience the local lifestyle.

The lodge organises excursions and local tours to East Cape, Wagawaga and along the north coast as far as Dogura and Cape Vogel.

Masurina Lodge is one other natable guesthouse in the province. Purchased in 1978 by Masurina Limited, it has been serving visitors to Alotau for many years.

Other hotels in the province include:
  • Alotau International Hotel
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  • Veawai Melanesian Resort


Veawai Melanesian Resort Hotel provides a peaceful getaway for tourists :
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Speaking in her capacity as President of the Milne Bay Chamber of Commerce, Ms Todurawai said: "Alotau and the Milne Bay Province as a whole, is the ideal location for conducting business.

"The province is fortunate to have a less serious law and order problem in comparison to most provinces in Papua New Guinea."
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For more information on Milne Bay Province and its investment opportunities, please contact:


The Office of the Governor,
Milne Bay Province
P.O. Box 104,
Alotau. MBP
Papua New Guinea

Telephone: +675 641 1256
Fax: +675 641 1186



Ms Gretta Todurawai,
President
Alotau Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 104,
Alotau. MBP
Papua New Guinea

Telephone: +675 641 0588
Fax: +675 641 1290


Email: grettak@daltron.com.pg
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Vital Statistics

  • Land Area: 14,000 sq km
  • Sea Area: 115,230 sq km
  • Coastline: 2,120 sq km
  • Surrounding Islands: 435
  • Population: 209,054
  • Average Annual Growth Rate: 2.5%
  • Sex Ratio: 108 Males per 100 Females
  • Populaton Density: 15 persons per sq km
  • No. of Languages: 40
  • Life Expectancy: 53.1 years
  • No. of Hospitals: 1
  • No. of District Hospitals: 2
  • Health Centres: 6
  • Aid Posts: 137
  • Literacy Rate: 77%
  • Elementary, Primary and Secondary Schools (incl. Vocational Schools): 248
  • Exports: Palm Oil, Copra, minerals, Coffee, Cocoa, Logs & Marine Products.


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Average annual rainfall for the province is 20,437.3 mm.

Alotau records the highest rainfalls annually with 31,084.6 millimetres per annum.
I would love to visit this region next time im there.
BTW im not sure if Alotau receives THAT much rain considering the wettest place in the world is (arguably) Mt. Waialeale on Hawaii Island which receives 472 inches, 39 feet, 12 metres or 12 000mm a year.
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