Sago Studio 2018 - Complete!

The communities of Tutu Beach and Hanuabada, just outside Port Moresby, have just hosted Sago Studio 2018 throughout January and February 2018. The programme saw a team of Australian and Papua New Guinean university students and professionals from the fields of architecture and sustainability collaborate on a series of projects aimed at improving village health through infrastructure research and improvements.

Tutu Beach Master-Planning & Toilet Construction

At Tutu Beach two teams worked with lauded PNG politician, Dame Carol Kidu, to improve village sanitation and thereby support her efforts to establish a Learning Centre focussed on her library of resources that document the birth of the nation in 1975. A master-planning team undertook a comprehensive study of Tutu Beach to locate all existing structures and proposed sanitation facilities. A larger construction team collaborated with community members to construct two dehydration toilets for the future use of village families and visitors to Tutu Beach and its Learning Centre.

Hanuabada Sanitation Research

In the floating stilt village of Hanuabada on Port Moresby Harbour a third research team collaborated with a local water and sanitation committee to undertake a significant research effort aimed at understanding the community's access to water, sanitation and power. The effort surveyed 111 houses and involved the utility providers including PNG Power, Eda Ranu the water authority and the National Capital District Commission government. The studio identified the past, present and intended future efforts to improve access to water, sanitation and power and may act as a helpful springboard for both local community representatives and authorities to continue to improve village health.

More info on the outcomes of Sago Studio 2018 to come!