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LMALA logoLMALA is the key representative organisation for Lihirians who own land within the Special Mining Lease Zone.

This includes landowners from Lipuko, Putput, Kapit, Londolovit, Kunayie, Zuen and also Malie Island.

LMALA also represents the wider Lihirian community with representatives from the six major clans:

  • Lamatlik
  • Nayal
  • Nissal
  • Tengawom
  • Tinetalgo
  • Unawos.

LMALA was officially formed in 1989 during the negotiation phase of the mine. LMALA’s principal functions are to represent the interests of SML landowners in all aspects of the Lihir mining development, mediate with the government and the company on behalf of landowners, and monitor and report on the provisions of the compensation and development agreements.

LMALA promotes the welfare of mining area landowners and works to ensure their fair representation. LMALA acts as a liaison body between the Ladolam, Londolovit, Kapit, Samo, Hurtol, Kunaiye, Lambuar and Zuen people and other groups or organisations about land or other customary matters.

LMALA is a non-profit organisation which aims to:

  • Negotiate and make agreements in the interests of all mining area landowners
  • Promote unity among LMALA members to give them strength in their negotiations with developers, government and other organisations
  • Oversee the fair and equitable distribution of any proceeds derived from the Lihir Gold Mine Project and from dealings in traditional land according to Lihirian custom
  • Clarify and record land ownership and inheritance in the mining area.

LMALA signed the LSDP on behalf of mine affected landowners. LMALA is very committed to the LSDP and believes it is the best plan for Lihir. Although LMALA does not have official responsibility for infrastructure development or certain community development programs under the LSDP, it has stepped in to manage programs such as Town Planning because the NSPA has been unable to perform its role as planned. LMALA believes the next important step is to build a strong working relationship between LMALA and the NLLG.

LMALA also believes it must raise awareness about the LSDP at the village level so that community members have a better understanding of what the LSDP is, how it is intended to work and the benefits people in Lihir can expect to receive from the Agreement.

LMALA Forum

The LMALA offices are located in Londolovit town. They are open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

At left: LMALA Community Forum Community Forum at LMALA Hall in Londolovit on 21/05/2009.

Economic Impact Monitoring Social Awareness Training (SAT) Social Impact Monitoring NML SD Dept. Demographic Monitoring and Reporting

Demographic Monitoring and Reporting programs include:

  • Maintenance and updating of the Village Population System (VPS) databases through the Village Information Officer (VIO) reporting program
  • Lihir Housing and Residency census
  • Establishment of the VPS Screening Committes
  • Client services (work application screening)
  • LGL Lease Land Migrant Management Strategy.

Community Relations Impact Monitoring 2007

This illustrated and animated data project was developed by David Haigh & Sanida Comunications for the Community Relations and Impact Monitoring program of the Sustainable Development Department at Lihir Gold Limited's (now Newcrest Mining Limited) Lihir Gold Mine in New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea. The information was distributed to all stakeholders in a variety of formats through the Internet, CD/DVD and in presentations.

CRIM 2007

Environmental Monitoring Sustainable Development

Lmala Logo

Lihir Mining Area Landowners Association (LMALA) LMALA is the key representative organisation for Lihirians who own land within the Special Mining Lease Zone.

This includes landowners from Lipuko, Putput, Kapit, Londolovit, Kunayie, Zuen and also Malie Island. LMALA also represents the wider Lihirian community with representatives from the six major clans: Lamatlik, Nayal, Nissal, Tengawom, Tinetalgo & Unawos.

LMALA was officially formed in 1989 during the negotiation phase of the mine. LMALA’s principal functions are to represent the interests of SML landowners in all aspects of the Lihir mining development, mediate with the government and the company on behalf of landowners, and monitor and report on the provisions of the compensation and development agreements.

LMALA promotes the welfare of mining area landowners and works to ensure their fair representation. LMALA acts as a liaison body between the Ladolam, Londolovit, Kapit, Samo, Hurtol, Kunaiye, Lambuar and Zuen people and other groups or organisations about land or other customary matters.

LMALA Community Forum
Community Forum at LMALA Hall in Londolovit on 21/05/2009.

LMALA is a non-profit organisation which aims to:

  • Negotiate and make agreements in the interests of all mining area landowners
  • Promote unity among LMALA members to give them strength in their negotiations with developers, government and other organisations
  • Oversee the fair and equitable distribution of any proceeds derived from the Lihir Gold Mine Project and from dealings in traditional land according to Lihirian custom
  • Clarify and record land ownership and inheritance in the mining area.

LMALA signed the Lihirian Sustainable Development Plan (LSDP) on behalf of mine affected landowners.

LMALA is very committed to the LSDP and believes it is the best plan for Lihir. Although LMALA does not have official responsibility for infrastructure development or certain community development programs under the LSDP, it has stepped in to manage programs such as Town Planning because the NSPA has been unable to perform its role as planned. LMALA believes the next important step is to build a strong working relationship between LMALA and the NLLG. LMALA also believes it must raise awareness about the LSDP at the village level so that community members have a better understanding of what the LSDP is, how it is intended to work and the benefits people in Lihir can expect to receive from the Agreement.

The LMALA offices are located in Londolovit town. They are open from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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Newcrest is the operator of the Lihir Gold Mine, the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and one of the world's largest gold mining companies.

Newcrest’s vision is to be the Miner of choice™ for all stakeholders including our people, the communities in which we operate and our shareholders. Social responsibility, safety and sustainability are fundamental guideposts to our vision.

Newcrest owns and operates a portfolio of predominantly low cost, long life mines and a strong pipeline of brownfield and greenfield exploration projects. Our reserve and resource base is strong, with gold reserves representing more than 25 years of production at current rates.

Newcrest's asset portfolio includes operating mines that use a variety of efficient mining methods for large ore bodies, together with selective underground mining methods to optimise high-grade epithermal deposits.

Our mines are located in Australia, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Indonesia, and in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa. Current operations include:
  • Cadia Valley Operations (near Orange, New South Wales)
  • Telfer (Pilbara Region, Western Australia)
  • Gosowong (Halmahera Island, Indonesia)
  • Lihir (New Ireland Province, PNG)
  • Hidden Valley (Morobe Province, PNG)
  • Bonikro (Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa)

Discovery of new ore bodies is an important element in Newcrest’s strategy and the company has a strong and successful exploration track record. A key objective of Newcrest’s exploration activities is to secure large mineral districts, or provinces, in order to establish long-term mining operations, while enhancing the potential for further discoveries.

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, Newcrest is among the top 20 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. It is also listed on the Toronto and Port Moresby Stock Exchanges.

1995

  • Mining Development Contract
  • Integrated Benefits Package (IBP) 1995 incorporating:
  • Putput & Ladolam Relocation
  • Putput Community
  • Londolovit Township
  • Land Crops Water & Air Compensation
  • Kapit Relocation
  • MOA Re. Lihir Project between State and New Ireland Provincial Government
  • MOA Re. Lihir Project between State and LMALA

Landowner and community benefits governed by 3 key agreements.

  1. Mining Development Contract
  2. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Government, landowners and community covering royalty distribution, government commitments e.g. infrastructure
  3. Integrated Benefits Package (IBP) First signed in 1995 and to be reviewed every 5 years between Lihir Gold Limited, landowners and community covers:
Stakeholder visions and governance
Compensation and relocation
Commercial opportunities
Community development/capacity building
Infrastructure projects
Environmental stewardship and mine closure planning

Latest Lihir Agreements review underway:

Lihir Agreements Review Committee established
Objective is to reach a long-term agreement
Getting it right is more important than getting it done by a certain time
Benefits continue to be provided under the current agreement

Note: Extract from : http://www.newcrest.com.au/media/presentations/2014/FINAL_Lihir_2014_PNG_Mining_and_Petroleum_Investment_Conference.pdf

Nimamar Local Level Government Logo

The NRLLG is the local level branch of the Government of Papua New Guinea. It was officially formed in 1997. The NRLLG represents all Lihirians.

PNG National Government


The GoPNG is the democratically elected government of the people of Papua New Guinea.

The parliamentary offices are located in Port Moresby in the National Capital District. In 1995 the GoPNG granted LGL a 40 year Mining Lease. It is a signatory to the Integrated Benefits Package, and has signed both a Memorandum of Understanding and a Memorandum of Agreement with the people of Lihir and LGL.

New Ireland Provincial Government


The NIPG is the democratically elected government of the people of New Ireland Province.

The Provincial Government Offices are located in the provincial capital of Kavieng. Since mining commenced the NIPG has been the direct recipient of around 95 million kina in royalties alone. This does not include additional revenue generated by the increased economic activity the mine has brought to the region. The current Governoor is Sir Julius Chan.

The Church forms a very central part of Lihirian society. The Catholic Church and the United Church are the two main denominations in Lihir.

Both denominations were established in Lihir in the 1920s. For a long time the Church was the major external institution in Lihir. More recently other denominations have come to Lihir. The Catholic Church is a key provider of health and education services on Lihir.

It established its base at Palie in the 1930s and is responsible for the Palie Health Centre, the Palie Vocational School, and the Palie Primary School. Lihir is part of the Kavieng Diocese of the Catholic Church. In most representative groups Lihirians will seek to have a Church Representative.

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