Nightclub noise upsets AusAID staff

By Ilya Gridneff in Port Moresby | October 07, 2009

IT’S not infamous rascal gangs terrorising Australian officials in Papua New Guinea but loud noise from a popular nightclub that upsets some of Canberra’s finest. sound device was used to record decibel levels from a popular Port Moresby nightclub after AusAID staff complained the Lamana club’s loud noise was affecting their sleep.

Australian Government officials in Port Moresby receive generous pay packages including allowances for the ‘hardship’ posting, but now fed-up Paradise Palms residents are complaining bitterly about noise from the nearby Lamana Hotel.

An AusAID spokesperson said the landlord of the property, which houses Australian Government employees, “has made a complaint to (PNG) authorities that a local business is exceeding acceptable noise levels”.

“No costs were incurred in measuring the noise levels,” the spokesperson said.

Ironically due to the Australian Government’s wide ranging security concerns about Port Moresby, Lamana is one of the few venues officials are recommended to patronise.

One Australian official who had stayed at the Paradise Palms compound told AAP: “It’s pretty bad, every Saturday night especially, what’s worse is the type of music that’s being played”.

One resident would text message hotel management when he and his wife were kept awake by the bar’s music.

Lamana Hotel has 103 rooms, a conference room, restaurant and the bar is a hot spot for PNG’s elite and expatriate community who regularly flock to the ‘Gold Club’. Lamana management said they were aware of the complaint and have endeavoured to rectify the matter.

In May, AAP revealed a slew of AusAID advisers in PNG are on $360,000 tax-free packages therefore earning more than Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s base salary of almost $335,000.

5 thoughts on “Nightclub noise upsets AusAID staff

  1. Serves them right if you ask me! All that money for this so-called “hardship” posting, shouldn’t they just rent out the nearby Holiday Inn? Good luck to them and their complaints.

  2. A-hole public servant Australians with the worst attitude in PNG.
    To all you useless Australians on the gravey train or should I say the promised ausaide funds.
    As politely has possible shut up you wallies.
    The gravey train is dearly finished and you will be sent home very soon as tax payers in Australia are sick and tired of having their hard earn wasted on so many dickheads.
    I must say your sick Australian propaganda is now obvious to all through the media and the strange Australian Government has lost control of PNG thank god.
    Go back to Australia and have a look at the mess their.
    If the economy is so fantasic in Australia why is there so many Bankruptcies filed with the Australian courts why are there so many good companies going down to save themselves.
    Answer the ‘Tax system does not work.
    Remember ‘when in Rome do a as the Romans do.

  3. How true are your comments , Ausaid workers are paying of their homes here in OZ, by working in PNG. I havent heard a good news story from an ausaide worker yet, Ive spent some time on the island of Mokerang the island of my mother, my uncles father is buried on BP island. The road from the airport to the township of Manus is sealed, the road from the airport to my mothers island is dirt rd, where is ausaide funding to seal the rd from the airport to the island( nothing – ausaid has no funding, and yet when the war started it did not take the OZ and American army to move all of my realtives and flatten the island so the planes can land, guess who saved the pacific- mokereng island ( the americans and aus launched one of the bigest offensive drive from there- now I ask where is the compensation – Im looking for health clinic , computors for the children, solar elect, running water etc….. um still waiting. hint any of you Aus aid workers get on twitter get a submission in and help my people . we helped you.

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