New PNG provinces

THE provinces of Hela and Jiwaka have become officially recognised in time for the looming election.
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Governor General Sir Michael Ogio signed off on the changes last week and they were gazetted on Monday.

Hela was formed within the previous boundaries of the Southern Highlands province while Jiwaka was previously part of the Western Highlands province.

From an industry perspective, the creation of Hela province provides some breathing space ahead of high security concerns for the midyear election.

Landowners in the region had called for the creation of their own province for years and previously threatened to disrupt the PNG LNG project if they did not receive it.

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