The Lae Botanic Garden and the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium are two of the facilities that the Lae City Authority wants to take ownership of.
Lae MP and Deputy Prime Minister John Rosso is currently having dialogue with the Forest Minister and the Higher Education and Sports Minister to have those two facilities ownership transferred to the LCA to manage and develop.
Mr Rosso said this on Saturday during the Rosso Cup mountain bike race launching in Lae.
He said the botanical garden is an ideal spot that can be developed for the people of Lae to enjoy in leisure and other activities so to move it one step further.
LCA is looking forward to take over the management and develop it for use of the city residents.
“I have started the conversation with the Forest Minister and he has assured me that in the next few weeks that we should be able to come to an agreement on how we can take over the management – so that we can start putting money into its development.” Mr Rosso said.
He said the garden is a key part of Lae located in the heart of the city so it is in the best interest of LCA to own it.
Mr Rosso said the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium is another facility that is being discussed to change ownership to LCA.
“The facilities have been rundown not through anyone’s fault but just through lack of funding and such but because it sits in the middle of the city, I have now talked to our good Sports Minister, including the Sports Foundation and they have now agreed that the LCA will also take over the management and run the sport facility,” he said
Mr Rosso said LCA will be putting money into developing the facility for the benefit of the people of Lae.
“We’ll be able to put some money into it to develop it and make certain that the people utilize it properly.
“So the LCA will be able to manage it, develop and maintain the facilities.”
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