Vacant Land on old Lae Airport yet to be awarded

The Government entities that have expressed their interest to obtain parcels of the vacant state land at the old Lae Airport are waiting anxiously for the outcome of the decisions over the piece of land. They are the Department of Justice, Police and the Health Department. This was revealed in the key stakeholders meeting coordinated by lands officers from Morobe Provincial Lands Division and the Department of Lands and Physical Planning.

The Lands Department executive team headed by the Deputy Secretary Land Services, Luther Sipison together with his Directors gave a status brief of the old Lae airport highlighting the controversial land allotments. “The airport land was advertised some years back as Urban Development Leases and certain people applied and got sections of the airport except section 375 which lies opposite Angau General Hospital and starts from the old cemetery stretching down to the roundabout. That one as never advertised under the UDL, and has always remained a vacant Government land,” Sipison revealed.

He said certain blocks where proposed to be given out to state institutes once proper allotments were established. He said allotment 6 was now before the court following a compulsory state acquisition. Allotments 7&8 went to the Land Board process and are now under the appeals tribunal for final deliberations.

“What we have left are allotments 2, 3 & 4. These are vacant government land. We have the Hospital, Justice Department and Police vying for this land, and one of the reason why we are here talking about how best we are going to award these vacant allotments,” Mr. Sipison stressed.

He added that a 5 metre strip of land down the airport will be consolidated and re-designed into two blocks whilst closing the pathway that has never been utilized. Meanwhile, Justice Don Sawong gave a brief on the plans in place for the Justice Department to utilize the undeveloped land for a new court house whilst Angau CEO, Jim Andrews also made a presentation of a new cancer unit for cancer treatment across the region.