Rotary Club of Warrnambool members leave for 16 day Papua New Guinea mission

Three Warrnambool Rotary Club members will travel on a dinghy for eight hours to deliver aid materials to a remote Papua New Guinea village.

Members Tony Austin, Malcolm Price and Richard Wilton head to Papua New Guinea on Friday to distribute 10 tonnes of aid materials as part of a 16 day humanitarian mission.

The club’s international services director Tony Austin said accessing clean water in PNG villages was a big problem. 

Aid: Malcolm Price, Tony Austin and Richard Wilton are banding together to improve the water supply in a remote village in Papua New Guinea. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Aid: Malcolm Price, Tony Austin and Richard Wilton are banding together to improve the water supply in a remote village in Papua New Guinea. Picture: Morgan Hancock

The trio hope to repair a damaged water bore in a small hamlet and if they are successful they will set a solar submersible pump on it. 

They will then travel by dingy to the remote village where they will hand sink a new bore and install a hand pump.

Mr Austin said they would deliver a commercial rotary hoe to the village to help farmers to grow crops. 

The group also hope to visit several other villages to determine what can be done to help them access clean water as part of future missions.

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