The Australian National Contact Point for an international standard on responsible business conduct has agreed to investigate a complaint lodged on behalf of thousands of people in PNG who say they have not given consent for Pan Aust to build an enormous copper and gold mine in their area.
The Frieda mine, which threatens our remarkable Sepik river, is part of a global push to extract more resources from our earth in the name of ‘development’. We have been building a movement to #SaveTheSepik for years. Our amazing volunteers are a crucial part of this.
The communities in Morobe who are concerned about Wafi Golpu and communities in the Sepik are facing the same type of threat: the waste from an enormous copper and gold mine.
Papua New Guinea’s Sepik River communities file human rights complaint against Australian company PanAust over its proposed Gold-Copper mine
Today, 2,638 people from 64 villages along the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea have filed a complaint with the Australian Government against Brisbane-based PanAust Limited, for failing to obtain their consent to the proposed Frieda River Mine. If built, the mine would be the largest ever in Papua New Guinea and among the largest mines in the world
Project Sepik put a lot of effort and thinking into getting Covid protocols in place for the Supreme Sukundimi Follow Up Workshop.
East Sepik Provincial Governor promotes Agriculture as a Better Alternative over Frieda Copper and Gold Mine
Governor Allan Bird recently attended the Supreme Sukundimi Declaration Follow Up workshop, which brought together community, spiritual and clan leaders of 49 villages on the Sepik River.
From 26th April to the 2nd May 2021, Project Sepik organised a week-long workshop in one of the villages along the Sepik, the Korugo village.
The united nations, tribes and clans of Avisak assembled to ensure that growing voice is not drowned. We the united nations of the length and breadth of Avisak are now the voice. That voice has become our voice, it became us, and it became Project Sepik.
The follow-up workshop to the Supreme Sukundimi took place in Korogu Village from 26th April to the 2nd May 2021.
Sukundimi em spirit bilong yatmul culture lo Sepik wara. Olgeta narapela culture tu igat ol spirit bilong ol yet. Ol dispela spirit helpim long story long stap-sindaun na laip bilong mipela long Melanesia.
The report outlines six key reasons why the Frieda River mine should not go ahead.
The mighty Sepik River has existed since the dawn of time, twisting and turning, forming a wide belt of active meanders and fish populated great lakes, depositing vast amounts of fresh water into the ocean. The banks of the river are adorned with lianas, sago palms, and pandanus.