24 Jul 2006

PNG capital to ban solid fences

2:27 pm on 24 July 2006

All solid fencing around properties along main roads in the Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, will be banned from the beginning of next year.

Under the ban sheet metal fencing, timber paling and roofing sheet products will all be prohibited as fencing materials.

The City Hall is s now pursuing its vision to change the image of Port Moresby from a "crime and settlement city" to "Pearl of the Pacific".

A research Officer with the council, Kemo Pepena, has told the Post Courier newspaper that solid fencing had been prone to graffiti which had become very unsightly over the years and had adverse impact on the overall streetscape.

She said the policy was aimed at improving the visual character of the streets; and discouraging illegal operations in private properties such as breeding of animals, gambling and prostitution.