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Radio Bougainville goes on air

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PORT MORESBY: Radio Bougainville is now able to broadcast across the entire province for the first time since the crisis erupted on the island, the National reports.

Australian High Commissioner Nick Warner officially opened Radio Bougainville in Buka on Wednesday last week.

The Australian Government, through its aid agency AusAID, committed K3 million to the repairs and upgrading of radio transmitters in Hutjena and Rabaul, along with the supply of broadcasting and other equipment.

"Radio Bougainville has and will continue to play a key role in getting clear and accurate information to the people around the province. It provides Bougainvilleans with a chance to hear what's going on in respect of the peace process and restoration activities, what's going on in respect of Bougainville, the rest of PNG and of course, the rest of the world," Mr Warner said.

To further facilitate access to Radio Bougainville broadcasts, Mr Warner also announced that the Australian Government would provide 1000 solar powered wind-up radios. These will be distributed to primary schools across the province by mid year.

"The Australian Government and the Australian people remain committed to the process of peace and restoration on Bougainville. The enhanced capability of this radio station is one small further step in that process of bringing peace and restoration to Bougainville," Mr Warner said.



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