17 May 2005

AusAID gives $300,000 US to Manam Islanders in PNG

3:22 pm on 17 May 2005

Papua New Guinea's Minister of Intergovernmental Relations and Madang MP, Sir Peter Barter, says AusAID has granted more assistance for Manam Islanders.

There have been food shortages in several care camps near Madang, where Manam Islanders have been resettled since the island's volcano erupted last October.

Sir Peter says AusAID will provide almost 300-thousand US dollars worth of food that will be distributed by Caritas.

He says he's applying for more money to help with food provisions for care camps from the national government.

But Sir Peter says financial assistance has been slow because more than 300,000 US dollars from the government had earlier been misspent.

"I am working on a submission for a further release of National money which should be available within two to three weeks. So for the people, the foreseeable future, I'm talking for the next two months, we don't see any problems and hopefully after the two months, as gardens start to produce and reliance on imported food and other food we by from the local people will become less and should reduce the cost of running these care centres."

Sir Peter Barter.