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31 July 2018


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Philip Fitzpatrick

You can also get some good furniture from private carpenters and joiners in Port Moresby.

People cut exotic timbers like rosewood and walnut using pitsaws and float it down the Kemp Welch River to Kwikila where they sell it by the roadside. The carpenters buy this timber for their furniture.

The Gogodala on the Aramia River in Western Province are excellent carpenters too. Their grandfathers were great wood carvers and the tradition has lived on.

We used some of them near Awaba and it was great to see them work. Not a power tool in sight - all done with hand tools.

Robert Wilson

Hello Phillip - We also bought kwila and ebony furniture from a small local business near Alexishaven when we left Madang for Oz in December 1986.

The 18 pieces are to this day, 32 years later, still going strong. Our daughters have put their claims in our wills for these once we shuffle off. Best made furniture I have ever seen!

Robert Wilson

Back in my day, when I was in the wildlife division in Madang in the early 1980's, the Japanese wood chip company Jant bought off all the locals/landowners in the Trans Gogol area with PMV trucks and Landcruisers.

Turned out a very cheap and easy way for foreign owned companies to get access to a massive stretch of jungle.
My blood still boils to this day at how they did that and were allowed continue the same practice throughout the country.

Seems like PNG is the goldmine of the Pacific to foreign entrepreneur vultures.

One only has to look at the shops in Madang town, all foreign owned and most, if not all, Chinese owned. One must ask how has that come about? Easy, bribery of local politicians and/or the local bigmen!

Philip Fitzpatrick

I've got one of their terrific kwila outdoor table and chairs set - all made in Lae.

Can't praise the quality high enough.

This company needs as much publicity as it can get.

A Fairsay

Illegal logging should be stopped. One way to stop this indirectly is to stop all exports of logs. All logs should be processed in PNG creating jobs, skills and possible new technology for PNG.

A PNG company that should be supported that has a branch in Brisbane, Australia, is Mr Kwila. This is owned by Lae Builders & Contractors Ltd.

It logs with the proper permits and also more important it has its own sawmills and value add with flooring, decking, furniture making etc.

A recent important timber concession granted to Lae Builders is commercial timber(mainly merbau(kwila), vitex(pacific teak) & rosewood) that is in the mining tenement of the Wafi-Golpu mine that will be cleared for mining.

The traditional landowners with the blessing of the mining company and the PNG government has asked Sir Bob Sinclair to cut the timber so it would be of financial benefit to the landowners, a financial benefit that would otherwise be lost.

The area is very large in size and these logs are not exported but an additional benefit to PNG in that they are cut and manufactured as added value timber products in the form of flooring & decking etc meaning more jobs and revenue for PNG.

All these timber products are kiln dried to 10 to 12% moisture content. All PNG government regulations & approvals are adhered to including Australian Inspection for quarantine and fumigation.

A somewhat touch of irony is that one of Mr Kwila’s main competitors is Malaysian based.

Michael Dom

“Our government has already cancelled all the SABL licences,” O’Neill said last year. “It is the agencies of government who are supposed to be doing their job, who are not doing their job. I’ve told landowners who are complaining about SABL licences to throw the developers out.”

Sounds moronic to me.

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