28 03 2010

Land is our mother, Land is our lifeline, Land is our future.

Don’t dig copper and gold, Dig garden, Taro, Yam and Potato

Without Forest there is no culture, with forest there is culture.

The bulk of the rural people of Bougainville don’t want mining on their Island again. Mining can be talked about after Bougainville become an Independent Island Nation and the Government of the day for the people can control it not from Port Moresby some 600 kilometers away.

The issue now, is Independent not mining, however as BCL is doing all it can to talk to the Panguna Landowners it is heading towards creating a very sensitive part which Bougainvilleans will fight each other and more bloodshed on the Island. We Bougainvilleans don’t want bloodshed again and we don’t want to make war, enough is enough.

In my trips to my motherland, women the mothers of the land used to tell me that mining is a very big problem and will not give us anything. Lucy Madoi a strong woman from Kongara in my last trip in November 2009 says, “Mining will bring more outsiders in and more social problems as in the past, We the mothers will live in fear again, Remember our future, Remember our children’s future and our Islands future.



9 02 2009

BCL and INVINCIBLE are in a tug of war to mine the giant resources of copper, gold, silver and other precious metals in the ground on Bougainville.

Autonomous Bougainville Government and the former BRA Commanders involvement with Invincible left out BCL and PNG. On the ground only 510 members of the old Panguna landowners association wants BCL to retutrn. Late Francis Ona’s Meekamui Government who are still in control of the mine area maintain that Panguna mine will remain close and no-one will re-open it.

BCL’s Peter Taylor came up with a way forward for Bougainville if the mine re-opens which is something BCL should done it before. With Invincible, on the ground they have already set up a gold melt and assay plus a communication centre in ARAWA. Read the rest of this entry »