Tuesday, 26 August 2008 10:28 AM

Gold Ridge Landowners to be Relocated for Mining

Two sites have been identified to relocate landowners and villagers of Gold Ridge where mining operations will take place.

This was revealed by the Minister for Mines and Energy, Edward Huni'ehu in Parliament yesterday, regarding the development relating to the re-opening of Gold Ridge Mining.

Mr Huni'ehu said consultation between landowners, the government and the Australia Solomon Gold company are progressing well.

Agreements should be finalized before the end of the month.

Mr Huni'ehu said that the valuation of the sites will be carried out as soon as the legal processes are completed.

He also stated that the option of whether the relocation sites will be leased or purchased outright, is being finalized between the customary landowners and a government taskforce. According to the plan, all tasks relating to the relocation should be completed by October and November 2008.

Hon. Huni'ehu concluded that house designs for the new village have already been agreed on and Landowners will be able to move to the relocation site by March 2009.


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