‘No ship, no development for Lord Howe’

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BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO

LORD Howe islands are suffering from lack of shipping service, it is reported.

This has been blamed for the corresponding lack of development and incomplete developments in the atoll communities.

During a recent visit by Island Sun, people are complaining why they are yet to have a ship of their own while the rest of the provinces and constituencies are enjoying their own.

In an interview with Chief Kalali of Lord Howe, he voiced that shipping services is a popular mode of transport used to carry people’s needs and wants for living and also to connect people from island to island.

Kalali said for a long time the atolls have not been served with a regular shipping service, hence their troubles.

“Whilst most neighbouring islands and provinces have these services shaped from time to time while they have this matter unconsidered,” Kalali said.

He adds if this particular need is addressed it will lessen all the internal issues in terms of incomplete developments and difficulties they are currently facing.

Kalali said this is because they depend entirely on these transportation systems on both sea and air to meet their daily needs and wants.

It is understood that at the moment they use other province’s shipping services after every four months. In terms of air transport services they don’t have any properly built airstrip to accommodate planes.

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