Central Province (Papua New Guinea)

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Central Province
Flag of Central Province
Central Province in Papua New Guinea
Central Province in Papua New Guinea
Coordinates: 9°30′S 147°40′E / 9.500°S 147.667°E / -9.500; 147.667
Country Papua New Guinea
Capital Port Moresby
 • Governor Kila Haoda 2012-
 • Total 29,998 km2 (11,582 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 269,756
 • Density 9.0/km2 (23/sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)

Central Province is a province in Papua New Guinea located on the southern coast of the country. It has a population of 237,016 (2010 census) people and is 29,998 square kilometres (11,582 sq mi) in size. The seat of government of Central Province, which is located within the National Capital District outside the province, is the Port Moresby suburb of Konedobu. On 9 October 2007, the Central Province government announced plans to build a new provincial capital city at Bautama, which lies within Central Province near Port Moresby,[1] although there has been little progress in constructing it.[2]

Whereas Tok Pisin is the main lingua franca in all Papua New Guinean towns, in part of the southern mainland coastal area centred on Central Province, Hiri Motu is a stronger lingua franca (but not in Port Moresby).

Districts and LLGs[edit]

Each province in Papua New Guinea has one or more districts, and each district has one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are subdivided into wards and those into census units.[3]

District District Capital LLG Name
Abau District Abau Amazon Bay Rural
Aroma Rural
Cloudy Bay Rural
Goilala District Tapini Guari Rural
Tapini Rural
Woitape Rural
Kairuku-Hiri District Bereina Hiri Rural
Kairuku Rural
Koiari Rural
Mekeo Kuni Rural
Rigo District Kwikila Rigo Central Rural
Rigo Coastal Rural
Rigo Inland Rural

Sources/Further Reading[edit]

  • Hanson, L.W., Allen, B.J., Bourke, R.M. and McCarthy, T.J. (2001). Papua New Guinea Rural Development Handbook. Land Management Group, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Canberra. Available as a 30 Megabyte PDF.


  1. ^ "K300m Central capital to emerge at Bautama". The National. 9 October 2007.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Pascoe, Noel (20 August 2010). "Donor agencies to fund hospital". PNG Post-Courier. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ National Statistical Office of Papua New Guinea