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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 31) - The New Ireland provincial government will be sending a delegation to Cairns, Australia, to learn from the city’s engineering and architectural experience and to develop Kavieng town and the waterfront, the pride of New Ireland.

New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan said the delegation would be guests of Cairns mayor Kevin Burns.

The mayor will host the team headed by Sir Julius Chan with whom both parties would discuss the plan to develop Kavieng town, using the concepts adopted by his town planning engineers in Cairns.

Announcing this at the 2007 Christmas dinner for New Ireland government’s divisional heads, business community and staff, Sir Julius said this was the first time New Ireland was taking such an initiative.

He said through this tourism development initiative, he intends to transform the foreshore of Kavieng to enhance the natural beauty of the shoreline, for Papua New Guinea as a whole, not just for Kavieng and New ireland province only.

Other prominent guests at the dinner included the member for Kavieng Martin Aini and parliamentary member for Namatanai Byron Chan.

Sir Julius had expressed in earlier public statements that he wanted to see the entire Kavieng shoreline cleared of structures and buildings to make way for an open park and the development of a five-star hotel on the waterfront.

The Kavieng waterfront development was one of the major facelifts the new Peoples Progress Party (PPP) provincial government was embarking on to lift the profile of Kavieng and New Ireland as a peaceful and friendly haven for business and commerce to thrive and develop.

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