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Western Province is a coastal province in southwestern Papua New Guineamarker, bordering the Indonesianmarker province of Papuamarker. The provincial capital is Daru, on the island of Daru. The largest town in the province is Tabubil.

Demographics

Western Province covers 99,300 km² and is the largest province in Papua New Guinea by area. There are 153,304 inhabitants (2000 census). There are several large rivers that run through the province including the Fly Rivermarker and its tributaries including the Strickland and Ok Tedi rivers, the largest lake in Papua New Guinea Lake Murraymarker is also in Western Province. The provincial government has purported to change the name of the province to the Fly River Province but this remains unofficial as names of provinces are set out in the Constitution of Papua New Guinea and changes must be made according to the constitutional amending process.

In the province is the only part of Papua New Guinea which possesses land west of the 141°E line that divides it from Indonesian Western New Guineamarker. This is a small section of territory bordered by the Fly Rivermarker.

Economy

The Ok Tedi Mine


The major economic activity in the province is constituted by the Ok Tedi Mine, initially established by BHP and the subject of considerable litigation by traditional landowners both in respect of environmental degradation and disputes over royalties.

Politics

The Western provincial government has, like the governments of North Solomonsmarker, Chimbumarker and Northernmarker Provinces, attempted to change the name of the province. The government uses the term Fly River Provincial Government. However, not having been accomplished by way of constitutional amendment, the change is unofficial.

See also

Political map of the province

Districts of Western Province



Geographical Features of Western Province

Rivers

Lakes

Mountains



Man-Made Features in Western Province



Economy of the Western Province



Major Settlements of the Western Province




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