A SECOND regional processing centre for asylum seekers will be built on Manus Island.
The centre would be constructed on the eastern side of the province’s capital Lorengau as soon as the PNG Government finalised the transfer of land title.
This was revealed in a fact sheet sent out by the Australian High Commission on the economic benefits that Manus has and will receive from the Australian Government.
According to the fact Sheet for employment, this centre is expected to employ up to 230 PNG citizens, including 160 from Manus.
Currently, 424 PNG citizens are employed to provide services at the centre, of which 287 are from Manus Province.
Manus residents are also employed to assist with construction works at the centre.
Services at the Lombrum centre are delivered by G4S seurity, International Health and Medical Services (IHMS) and the Salvation Army.
All service providers are required to maximise employment of PNG citizens wherever possible. Eighty-one per cent of staff employed by G4S and its sub-contractors are PNG citizens. In September, G4S conducted a recruitment process for 350 new jobs. Up to 500 people from Manus are registered with G4S and may be offered employment in the future. At least 10 Manus companies have a direct business involvement providing goods and services to the centre.
This includes accommodation, laundry, car hire, gardening, fuel supply and cleaning, worth in excess of K170,000 per week. The engagement of local businesses and local employment will increase with any further expansion of the Lombrum centre and with the commencement of construction at the Lorengau site.
The overall value of sub-contract work for this construction will be about K240 million.