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Airport aid project for P.N.G.

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1.5.75— A new airport to serve the town of Lae and surrounding areas in Papua New Guinea will be built under two contracts totalling $4.7m. This was announced by the Foreign Minister, Senator Don Willcsce, and the Minister for Housing and Construction, Mr Les Johnson.

The airport will be built 42 km from Lae on the site of the old wartime airstrip at Nadzab, which won fame during World War Two as the scene of an airborne landing by Australian and American forces. .

A $2,956,114 contract for civil engineering works . . . has been let to a Korean firm, Hyundai Construction Co. Ltd; a $1,738,000 contract for building works . . . has been awarded to a P.N.G. firm, Morobe Constructions Ply Ltd. The Ministers said the airport project was being wholly financed by the

Australian Government as an aid project for the P.N.G. Government, and the letting of the contracts was the culmination of close co-operation between both Governments on all aspects of airport development. All facilities at the airport had been designed by the Department of Housing

and Construction, which would also supervise construction. Works on site would begin shortly, and was expected to be completed by the end of 1976. The new airport would be capable of unrestricted use by Fokker Fellowship and Friendship aircraft, and of weekly operations by medium-sized jets such as the BAC111- It would also enable the phasing out of the existing airport at Lac, which has limited the development of the town. ·

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