(editor’s note) Would a concerned citizen who has the means, please print out this article and distribute amongst the citizens of Milne Bay, Alotau. Thank you.
By a concerned citizen and a confused observer.
Milne Bay Province (MBP) is an undiscovered jewel in PNG’s tourism industry. But, it looks as if some businesses are positioning themselves to bring about a change to this. Has anyone else noticed the changes taking place on our beach-fronts?
Look at this picture: an ugly concrete wharf jutting out into this beautiful bay; it’s rumored that this is only one of two or more such jetties built of concrete and strategically located in our beautiful bays.
This surely means that someone is getting ready to do business – a concrete jetty, naturally protected deep water bay, a beautiful people, friendly coastline and even a small clean community market – ideal for a tourist business, but whose? Is it going to be ours or some big business company who will move in and move us out?
It’s not as if the jetty is ‘user-friendly’ for local dinghies; indeed, why aren’t the local dinghies tied to the jetty? There are no women, children and men throwing out lines; no dinghy owners and passengers jostling to load up and head up along the northern coastline to Taupota-Wamira-Wedau-Baniara and keep going. Did the local communities ask for an unsustainable concrete jetty? If not, then why was this jetty (and the others) built on our front beach?
But we must do more than just take note, it’s essential to our livelihood, our way of life – we must ask questions in relevant quarters. In fact the first (and best) person to ask would be the Governor. He certainly would know the answers and knowing the Honorable Member’s family you will get honest answers.
And after asking questions, we must go ahead and do something with the jetties and not wait until ex politicians and big business come in and take the jetties off us. These are our jetties now as they are on our front beaches and in our beautiful bays.
Let’s take someone else’s sneaky plans and turn them to our community’s advantage and development. That is surely what the Governor would want us to do – isn’t it Governor?