Lihir Destiny: Cultural Responses to Mining in Melanesia by Nicholas A. Bainton

By Nicholas A. Bainton

The folk of the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea have lengthy held visions of a wealthy new destiny, usually said by means of neighborhood leaders because the 'Lihir Destiny'. while large-scale gold mining actions began at the major island of Lihir in 1995, many was hoping that this new international had eventually arrived. The Lihir future offers a nuanced account of the social structural and cultural alterations engendered by way of large-scale source extraction. Tracing the heritage of Lihirian engagement with outdoor forces, from the colonial interval via to fresh mining actions, this booklet brings new gentle to undergo at the larger query of what 'development' ability in modern Melanesia. The Lihir future explores how Lihirian leaders devised destiny plans for a cultural revolution dependent upon the maximisation of mining actions and the influential philosophies of the private Viability stream. notwithstanding, attaining the 'Lihir future' is not any basic affair, and plenty of Lihirians locate themselves negotiating divergent formulations of tradition, sociality and financial engagement. The Lihir future will attract readers attracted to the social affects of large-scale source improvement, the tactics of cultural continuity and alter and the ways that modernity is configured in neighborhood phrases.

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Speaking in front of the media and overseas bankers, Soipang said that Lihirians were 100 per cent behind the signing of the SML, but the signing of the IBP agreement must be carried out in front of Lihirian clan leaders back in Lihir. Following the signing of the SML, arrangements were made in Lihir for the commencement of the Putput-Ladolam relocation. House blocks were pegged, and trees and resources counted. On Tuesday 4 April, a large feast was held at Putput to commemorate the move from the old hamlets to the new location along the coast.

On 8 March, the National Executive Council (Cabinet) authorised the Governor-General to execute the Mining Development Contract between the national government and the mining company, and authorised the Prime Minister to execute the forum agreements with the provincial government and local community representatives. Three days later, Lihirian leaders refused to sign a separate IBP agreement with the company because they were still demanding a 20 per cent equity stake in the project. The Integrated Benefits Package Agreement On Thursday 16 March 1995, a delegation of nine Lihirian representatives flew to Port Moresby to meet with the Prime Minister and Mining and Petroleum Minister John Giheno and other government officers, in an attempt to finalise outstanding issues surrounding the IBP agreement, including the issue of project equity.

92 grams per tonne, was intersected between 230 metres and 272 metres. This prospect was named the Minifie area and became the focus of diamond drilling throughout 1987. Further exploration defined several other adjacent and partly overlapping ore deposits, referred to as the Camp and Kapit areas. Kennecott engineers completed the first full feasibility study in 1988, but this failed to prove the economic viability of the project. In 1988, Rio Tinto Zinc (now Rio Tinto) acquired Kennecott from BP Minerals America and took over as the joint venture partner with Niugini Mining Limited.

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