Australia’s High Commissioner Bruce Davis’s recent visit to Enga highlighted the breadth of the Papua New Guinea – Australia Partnership and Australia’s support to the province.
The High Commissioner was accompanied by Governor Sir Peter Ipatas, Minister for Immigration and Border Security Petrus Thomas, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Sir Lino Tom, Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations Alfred Manase, and MP Jelta Wong.
The High Commissioner also had the privilege of opening the spectacular Enga Cultural Show, and watched a performance by Torres Strait Islander group Naygayiw Gigi. Naygayiw Gigi is visiting Papua New Guinea, supported by the Australian Government, and is the first non-Papua New Guinean group to perform at the Enga Show.
High Commissioner Davis and Governor Ipatas also viewed the progress of construction at the Enga Teachers College, one year after they launched a PGK10 million upgrade.
The project will improve the quality of teacher training and help boost the number of elementary and primary school teachers in Enga and elsewhere in Papua New Guinea. Once complete, the new facilities will support the school to realise its vision of becoming a fully developed teacher training facility by 2025, producing an additional 300 new teachers in the next five years.
The current works include construction of a four-storey block containing a state-of-the-art science and computer lab, library, 16 classrooms, four offices, storage and extra male and female toilets. All facilities are accessible for people with disabilities.
"High Commissioner Davis and Governor Ipatas also participated in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the Enga Amphitheatre. Under the Kina for Kina program,the Australian Government and Enga Provincial Government are co-funding the building of the Enga Amphitheatre, located adjacent to, and affiliated with,the impressive Take Anda Cultural Centre."
The Amphitheatre will provide a new multi-purpose facility for Enga’s communities to gather.
These projects are examples of the breadth of the PNG-Australia Partnership, our commitment to building connections between Papua New Guineans and Australia’s First Peoples, improving the quality of education throughout Papua New Guinea,and working with Provincial Governments to provide services and economic opportunities in response to the needs of local citizens.