A NEW jetty built for Raba Raba Station, in Milne Bay, will provide local agricultural producers with a better way of getting their products to market.

Speaking at the opening of the facility, in late December, Mr O’Neill said he hoped the jetty – as well as roads under construction, would deliver immediate positive change for people in villages around Raba Raba.

The jetty is one of six to have been delivered under District Service Improvement Program (DSIP) funding allocated by National Planning Minister Charles Abel.

All are constructed of concrete and steel to withstand cyclonic conditions and last for decades to come.

During his visit to Raba Raba, Mr O’Neill also announced the government would commit K1 million to build a drinking water treatment system.

“Access to lasting supply of clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic service that must be delivered and we will build the water treatment plant,” he said.

Another K200,000 was committed to the restoration of the headstones of Sir John Guise and Sir Kingsford Dibela, former governors-general of Papua New Guinea who came from the province.

Mr O’Neill said the men were among Papua New Guinea’s finest leaders.

“They have contributed immeasurably to our country and we must continue to honour them. Even as a small boy in Ialibu-Pangia we knew of Sir John Guise and Sir Kingsford Dibela,” he said.

“It is important that their memorials are restored and they are accorded the respect and dignity that they deserve.”