|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|• Governor||Noah Kool 2012-|
|• Total||6,112 km2 (2,360 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||62/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
Chimbu, occasionally spelled Simbu, is a province in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea. The province has an area of 6,112 km² and a population of 376,473 (2011 census). The capital of the province is Kundiawa. Mount Wilhelm, the tallest mountain in Papua New Guinea, is on the border of Simbu.
Chimbu is located in the central highlands cordillera of Papua New Guinea. It shares geographic and political boundaries with five provinces: Jiwaka, Eastern Highlands, Southern Highlands, Gulf and Madang. It is a significant source of organically produced coffee.
Chimbu is a province with limited natural resources and very rugged mountainous terrain. The economic progress of the province has been slower than some other highlands provinces.
There are seven secondary schools in the province: Kondiu Rosary, Yauwe Moses, Kerowagi, Muaina, Gumine, Mt Willem and Kundiawa Day Secondary School. The province also has many high and primary schools.
Districts and LLGs
The province is subdivided into six districts, with each district further subdivided into one or more Local Level Government (LLG) areas. For census purposes, the LLG areas are again subdivided into wards and those into census units.
The current governor, Noah Kool, was elected in the 2012 national election under the new Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system. The Governor is the head of the provincial government. The provincial bureaucracy is headed by the provincial administrator. The current acting administrator is Joseph Kunda Naur, a former educationist. He is from the Endugla/Naur tribe.
The provincial headquarters is Kundiawa, which is also the location of the province's main airport. Air Niugini makes three flights to Kundiawa each week. There are many guest houses within the proximity of Kundiawa town.
The province was governed by a decentralised provincial administration, headed by a Premier, from 1977 to 1995. Following reforms taking effect that year, the national government reassumed some powers, and the role of Premier was replaced by a position of Governor, to be held by the winner of the province-wide seat in the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea.
|provincial government suspended||1984–1986|
Members of the National Parliament
|Chimbu Provincial||Noah Kool|
|Chuave Open||Wera Mori|
|Gumine Open||Nick Kuman|
|Karimui-Nomane Open||Mogerema Sigo Wei|
|Kerowagi Open||Camillus Dangma|
|Kundiawa Open||Tobias Kulang|
|Sinasina-Yonggomugl Open||Kerenga Kua|
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