Million dollar payout for Solomons landowners

Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

The sun setting at Gold Ridge mine, Solomon Islands. The sun setting at Gold Ridge mine, Solomon Islands. Photo: Koroi Hawkins

Radio New Zealand

Landowning tribes of the now closed Gold Ridge gold mine in Solomon Islands say they are about to receive a final royalty payment of 1.2 million US dollars through the Ministry of Finance and Treasury.

The Chairman of the Gold Ridge Community and Land Owners Council, Dick Douglas, confirmed the payment is being processed and says it will be distributed to the 16 tribal groups soon.

He says the payment may be the last one for a while and is calling on the various tribes to put their money into investments.

“That is the, the last payment of the royalty and this is the warning that I have also made to the members of the council and the tribes that we have to use it wisely and manage it wisely so that we can get…

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