4. VISION STATEMENT
Aims to become one of the Garden Cities of Asia Pacific Region by 2012, by creating a modern, safe, vibrant City, with a strong
economy, whilst enhancing its cultural heritage, and by developing a Healthy, well Educated, Harmonious Community, which will
enjoys a good living environment.
6. CITY GOVERNANCE
The Lae Urban Local-Level
Government is a third-tier Government. The political structure comprising of the Lord Mayor as the head, who is elected by
the people, with five elected, and three nominated Councilors. The six elected Councilors representing the six Wards in the
City. The nominated Councilors represented the Chamber of Commerce, the Workers Federation Union, and the Women, Youth and
Churches. The Council makes decisions on the policy issues relating to the City, and the Council Management implement the
Under the Organic Law on Provincial
and Local-level Governments, the Lae City Administration comes under the Morobe Provincial Administration. In this regard,
Lae Urban Local-Level Government is one of the Local-level Governments (LLG) which make up the Lae District. The other is
the Ahi LLG. The Lae City Council Management Team, is comprising of the City Manager as the head, and assisted by three Directors.
There are three Departments within the Lae City Council, and each of the Department is headed by a Director. The Departments
- Corporate Services
- Technical Services
- Community ServiceS
8. CITY POPULATION
The Lae City is the second
largest City in Papua New Guinea, with a population of 78,692 people, according to the National Census 2000. It is the capital
of the Morobe Province. Its residents are people from all works of life, and people from all over Papua New Papua New Guinea,
as well as from overseas countries.
The town of Lae
was established in 1900, when the German traders set up a branch of the New Guinea Company in Lae. The German Missionaries
arrived in PNG at 1915. In 1919, the Territory of New Guinea under the German Administration was handed over to Australia,
as a result of the German defeat in the First World War. The Town of Lae was then established in 1930 when gold was discovered
The Australian Colonial Administration established the first properly constituted Local Government
of Lae Town in 1971. In 1972, Lae Town was proclaimed a City. In 1978/79, when the Morobe Provincial was established, it established
Lae City Interim Authority under the Development Authority Act 1981. In 1997, under the Reform on Provincial and Local-Level
Government, Lae City Authority became the Lae Urban Local-Level Government Council.
10. LAE INDUSTRY
is an industrial City. It hosts most businesses operating in Papua New Guinea, particularly big businesses such as the Halla
Cement Factory, Trukai Rice Industry, SP Brewery, South Pacific Steel, to name a few, including the largest seaport
in PNG. It is also strategically located, that it is the supply centre for all Highlands, New Guinea Islands, Southern and,
the Momase regions. The City of Lae generates a lot of money from the GST, which goes to both the Morobe Provincial
and the National Governments. It is an Economic Hub of Papua New Guinea.
11. BOTANICAL GARDEN
The Lae City is also known
as a Garden City. This nickname derived basically from the beautiful Botanical Garden the City has, as well as the beautiful
rain and other trees and flowers that line up along the roads and properties within the City. Due to the financial constraints
the City faces, the beauty of the City has declined to certain extend, however, the potential still exists, which can be reactivated
if the financial position improves.
12. BUMBU RIVER
The City of Lae has a river known
as “the Bumbu River” which runs meanderingly through the City, commencing at the head of the Adzera Mountain Range,
down to the West and East Taraka, to Kamkumung, to Butibam, to Bumbu Settlement , and emptying into the coastline of the Huon
Gulf. This river, to a new comer to Lae may think that it cannot do any damage to the City. However, for those who live in
and around Lae for many years may recall the major damage it did to the City in 1992, which resulted in the establishment
of the current Tent City. The river is still a threat to the properties along the river, as well as the City residents, particularly
during the wet season every year.
There has been a plan put in place by Lae City Council called “the
Bumbu River Mitigation Project” to counter, and manage this river in order to safeguard the properties as well as
the City residents. However, this project has not been implemented for many years now, due to lack of funding.
13. THE COASTLINE
The City of Lae is located along
the coast of the Huon Gulf, between the two big, and fast flowing rivers, namely, the Markham and the Busu Rivers. The City
boasts of having the biggest wharf, with the deep sea harbor which allows for big ocean liners to berth and discharge their
cargoes. Currently, the Warf is undergoing redevelopment program, which will make it the biggest seaport in PNG and the South
Pacific Region. The coastline also offers a beautiful bay at a location called “the Voco Point”, which a coastal
wharf is located to provide services for the coastal boats. Also between the Main Wharf and the Voco Point is another wharf,
owned by Mr. Jack Sharp, hich services the fishing boats, both overseas and local, which supply fish to the Frabelle fish
14. LAE CITY ROADS
The Lae City has 137 kilometers
of roads, which the National Government is responsible for the maintenance of the Independence Drive, the Markham Road, and
the Milford Haven Road, while the Lae City Council maintains the rest of the roads in the City. Due to lack of funding, almost
all the roads have deteriorated over the years. However, the National Government has recently allocated K50 Million for this
purpose, which hopefully will sort out this problem.
15. LAE CITY MARKETS
The Lae City boasts of having the best food market in Papua New Guinea. This is due to the fact that the
Morobe Province produces the best taros, bananas, seetpopatoes, yams, fruits and vegetables etc, which have been sought after
by many Papua New Guineans as well as expatriates. The Lae Main Market also receives and sells foodstuff and vegetables from
the Highlands Provinces. Apart from Lae Main Market, Wards and Mini-markets are also available to
cater for the needs of the growing population of o the City. There is also a plan in place to build a new market
for Lae City at a new location, due to the increase in population, which makes the existing Main Market to small for its purpose.
As the price of goods in the stores increase, more people turn to the market as their alternative place to buy cheaper food
The City of Lae is called the Garden City,
due to its ever green beautiful trees and flowers which line the streets throughout the City. The City is a vibrant City,
with much potential to be the leader as the economic centre of Papua New Guinea. This view is supported by the fact that it
is the industrial City of Papua New Guinea, as well as its strategic location where it becomes the centre of the distributions
of both materials and human beings throughout the country, by sea, road and air transport. This makes it s a unique City,
which attracts people from all over PNG as well as from overseas to come and settle in Lae.
therefore, this makes the job of Lae City Council much more demanding in providing the municipal services to the residents
of the City. This requires the full support of both the Provincial and the National Governments with appropriately funding
in order to meet the Council’s obligations.