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Reduced building costs for native housing in Papua and New Guinea



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REDUCED BUILDING- COSTS FOR NATIVE HOUSING IN PAPUA *ND NEW GUINEA

Statement by the Minister for Territories, the Hoy3- Paul ■ --------- Hasluck

The Minister for Territories, the Hon, Paul Hasluck, M,P,, said to-day that the Administration of Papua and New Guinea

is carrying out experiments with various kinds of building materials in order to produce low cost houses for the native, people,

Mr, Hasluck said that at present Territory buildings are predominantly timber but the use of both brick and concrete was increasing. With simpler building techniques and cheaper

but durable materials requiring a minimum of maintenance, it

was hoped to produce good quality homes within the purchasing power of the native people, Mr. Hasluck went on to say that experiments with adobe blocks are being tried in the New Guinea Highlands while in

other districts rammed earth techniques are offering interesting possibilities.

He added that new police quarters and a secondary school

have been built at Kavieng from bricks made from a mixture of

cement and decomposed coral, and as a result the Native Local Government Council in the Kavieng area now proposed to build its Council Chambers from similar material·

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November 23, 1959 - P.M,