Can PNG's safest town survive the end of mining? | Pacific Beat

Can PNG's safest town survive the end of mining?

Can PNG's safest town survive the end of mining?

Updated 28 December 2012, 9:10 AEDT

Mining towns are usually dry and dusty places but Tabubil, high in the Star Mountains near Papua New Guinea's border with Indonesia, is very different; it's lush and green.

Tabubil also has excellent services, good community facilities and it's almost crime-free; it's only downside is its remoteness.

After 30 years in operation the Ok Tedi mine, which runs the town, is starting to wind down to an expected close in just over 12 years time.

So now the owners are looking at ways of making sure Tabubil has a life after the mine closes.

But if their plans are to be viable, they say the Western Province provincial government will need to lift its game and the new Governor, Ati Wobiro, has pledged to do just that.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Ok Tedi's Chief Executive, Nigel Parker

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