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Specialist Kokoda Trek Operator | 25 yrs experience | Wartime history focus | Adventure | Kokoda Trail | Papua New Guinea
Specialist Kokoda Trek Operator | 25 yrs experience | Wartime history focus | Adventure | Kokoda Trail | Papua New Guinea
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Concerns about Management of Kokoda Track

Since the Australian Government took control of the #Kokoda trekking industry in 2008 they have spent $50 million-mostly on consultants-and trekker numbers have declined by 46%. Their is not a single management protocol in place. There is not a single toilet across the trail that meets the most basic of hygiene standards. There is no plan to protect or preserve the wartime heritage of the trail. Sections of the trail are dangerously unsafe.

Most bridges have collapsed. There is no campsite booking system and no itinerary management. Not one member involved in the management of the industry walked across the trail last year. Village health centres along the trail did not receive a single item of medical supplies in 2016. Schools did not receive any educational supplies. There is no plan for the 75th anniversary of the campaign this year. Every 'experiment' recommended by consultants to assist local villagers has failed. We have built schools that have no desks and health centres that have no medicine. I have invited DFAT/management officials to accompany me on numerous occasions but they always have an excuse not to leave their bubble in Port Moresby. The victims of this incompetence are the very people we are supposed to help i.e. the subsistence villagers who live along the trail and who own the land that is sacred to our wartime heritage. If the salaries and generous allowances paid to Australian officials in PNG were tied to outcomes they would all have to borrow money for their return flights home.Their answer to this criticism will probably be to engage another consultant. I remain willing to lead those involved in the management of the trail across it to prove every point I have made - and more - but I have a feeling that wild pigs might fly before this happens.

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2017 is the 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda campaign
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Second to None - Charity Boxing Challenge
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- Have a read of the following to find out why we are helping... our nation owes a huge debt to the people of PNG for the service of the wartime carriers during WW2.

Network Kokoda honours the war time legacy of our Kokoda veterans and the PNG wartime carriers through agriculture, education, health and leadership initiatives by partnering with the villagers along the Kokoda Trail.

By facilitating, strengthening and nurturing the ties on education, health and leadership initiatives, between the people of Australia and Papua New Guinea - Network Kokoda is honouring the legacy of the Australians and Papua New Guineans who served in the War in the Pacific (1942-1945).
NETWORK KOKODA WAS ESTABLISHED AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMPANY BY THE HON. CHARLIE LYNN TO HONOUR THE LEGACY OF OUR KOKODA VETERANS AND THE PNG WARTIME CARRIERS.
The use of the word “Network” in “Network Kokoda” is intentional. It highlights the value of a network, a village, a tribe in undertaking the projects of the group (that are intended to honour the legacy of Papua New Guineans and World War 2 Kokoda veterans alike). The organisation subscribes to the principles developed by the PNG Department of Community Development which, according to former Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, is based on local communities working together to develop sustainable initiatives which generate income to invest in their future.
Network Kokoda is registered in Australia and Papua New Guinea.
For more info check out http://www.networkkokoda.org


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2017 - The 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign

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"As Chair of Network Kokoda, I welcome in today the 75th anniversary year of the Kokoda campaign: a story of great courage, mateship, sacrifice and endurance. This year let us remember all who served along the Kokoda Track during those dark days of 1942 and pay tribute to the legendary “fuzzy-wuzzy angels” who carried hundreds of wounded Australians to safety in the most adverse conditions." - Andrew Tracy https://www.networkkokoda.org/

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Kokoda Day - Why November 3rd?

The Kokoda campaign began with a full scale attack on the Australian 39th Militia Battalion on 29 July 1942. The campaign lasted three months as the Australians were pushed back to last line of defence on Imita Ridge. The Australians rallied at this point and pushed the Japanese back across the trail. Kokoda was recaptured on 2 November 1942 and the Australian flag was raised at a service the following day.

The flag raising ceremony symbolised the turning of the tide in the Pacific War. Today it also symbolises the service and sacrifice made by the war time carriers, the fuzzy-wuzzy angels, in all campaigns throughout Papua New Guinea.

This victory would not have been possible without the vital support of the PNG carriers across the track. In addition to their contribution to the war effort hundreds of Australian soldiers owe their lives to the selfless sacrifice of the carriers who guided and carried them to safety over inhospitable jungle terrain in the most adverse of circumstances.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE: https://goo.gl/aA6lbS

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Merit Krismas and Hepi Nu Yia from our Adventure Kokoda Koiari and Orokaiva guides and carriers.

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Kokoda 75 Years 1942 - 2017
SLIM DUSTY'S TRIBUTE TO OUR KOKODA VETERANS

Slim Dusty, one of Australia's greatest ever country music singers, pays tribute to Kokoda veterans on his album 'Natural High' - the song is simply titled 'Kokoda'.

The 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign will be commemorated in 2017. https://www.kokodatreks.com

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Kokoda Trail - Papua New Guinea
If you want to experience the meaning of Christmas come to Sogeri Lodge in PNG - I have never seen the boys (guides) so excited about decorating the place in anticipation of our next group of trekkers arriving on Saturday for our last trek for the year - and I can't think of a better bunch of loyal, dedicated blokes that I would want to share the spirit of Kokoda and the spirit of Christmas with - they represent everything that is good about humanity.

More information go to: https://www.kokodatreks.com

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Papua New Guinea - Top Travel Destination 2017

National Geographic Traveler Magazine has named PNG as one of the top ‘cultural destinations’ in the world

"We think this year's list represents a carefully curated selection of forward-leaning places that reveal the bright future of travel," said the magazines editor in chief, George Stone, in a statement. "This list is all about exploration and discovery. It's not just about where to go, but why to go now and how to make 2017 a year of enlightenment through travel."

Top 10 things to do in Papua New Guinea - TripAdvisor https://goo.gl/H9Dp15

Where have you traveled to that's made a lasting impression?

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After our PNG guides and carriers have escorted us safely over the Owen Stanley Ranges, across the Kokoda Trail, they sing a farewell song at the completion of the Dawn Service at Isurava - they have done their duty as their grandfathers did for our diggers in 1942 - and are now 'going home' to their villagers. They are simply the best - strong, proud, loyal and compassionate 'guardian angels' for our trekkers.

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