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Port Moresby urbanisation project gets go ahead


3 June 2011

(L-R) Daniel Gonna Deputy Director; Max Kep, Director; Dr Anders Hallgren, Sydnovate Director; Professor Sandra Kaji-O'Grady; and Dr Paul Jones.
(L-R) Daniel Gonna Deputy Director; Max Kep, Director; Dr Anders Hallgren, Sydnovate Director; Professor Sandra Kaji-O'Grady; and Dr Paul Jones.

Dr Paul Jones, Senior Lecturer in the Urban and Regional Planning Program of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning had his proposal for a Port Moresby urbanisation project ratified this week when Mr Max Kep, Director of the Government of Papua New Guinea's Office of Urbanisation visited Sydney to sign the agreement.

The project was brought to fruition by Sydnovate, and Director Dr Anders Hallgren was present to congratulate the participants and sign the agreement on behalf of the University.

Sydnovate is the commercial arm of the University of Sydney - its mission is to ensure that expertise, technology and innovation from the University are used to develop new industry, and for the public good.

Paul Jones had previously worked as an adviser in the Government of Papua New Guinea's Office of Urbanisation before joining the University this year.

The PNG National Urbanisation Policy is intended to guide the urbanisation process in Port Moresby, as a model for the management of urban development in PNG over the next 20 years.

PNG has 15 percent of its population in urban centres - that is, approximately one million people out of a total about 6.8 million. By 2030, PNG is expected to have around 3.5 million people living in towns and cities.

The National Urbanisation Policy as adopted has a number of main components of Dr Jones's proposal, which will form the basis of projects and programs to be undertaken in selected PNG towns and cities. These components are:

  • the provision of primary and trunk infrastructure and services, such as water supply, power, roads, and sanitation.
  • the development of sites and services on customary and freehold land, including upgrading of unplanned settlements, and
  • the development, rejuvenation and strengthening of provincial and district rural service centers, especially investments enhancing the economic base of the towns.


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