THE O’NEILL government has said it will “look at” building more infrastructure in Kokopo and Mt Hagen in the next three years, following the Prime Minister’s October visit to Kokopo to launch the Kokopo/Vunamami local level government complex.

At the opening of the facility Mr O’Neill announced the government “had invested enough funding in the cities of Port and Lae” and would now look to improving infrastructure at regional centres.

He said Kokopo and Mt Hagen would be receiving more funding in 2015 because of the success already seen in investing regional communities.

He said population was growing at an “alarming rate” and there was a need to develop the nation’s regional centres.

Mr O’Neill also launched about 20 further initiatives for the district at the visit, including a sea ambulance to service the Duke of York Islands, water reticulation projects, the ongoing rural electrification project and health facilities worth more than K7 million.

Hundreds turned out for the opening of the new office, which has been named after late Kokopo member of parliament Oscar Tammur, following a special traditional ritual held between Tammur’s family and government leaders, including Mr O’Neill.

“The new office complex is located in the heart of Kokopo will now allow the Kokopo/Vunamami Urban local level government to operate from a permanent office after years of renting office space in the town area,” a government statement said.