Papua New Guinean Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture the Hon Tobias Kulang, Minister for the Environment and Conservation the Hon John Pundari and Mr Tim Bryson, Counsellor Australian High Commission, together with members of the local community, recently unveiled a new interpretive display at Owers’ Corner at the southern trailhead of the Kokoda Track.
The display recognises Australia’s shared history with Papua New Guinea and is the first of several planned for the Kokoda Track Region.
The Australian Government Department of the Environment has been working closely with representatives of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority to develop the display, which will provide visitors with an understanding of the significance of the Kokoda Track to both Papua New Guinea and Australia, as well as an overview the Region’s natural, cultural and military history.
The Kokoda Track Region is an important landscape for both countries and is recognised as the site of one of Australia’s most significant campaigns of the Second World War. Thousands of tourists take on the challenge of trekking the Kokoda Track each year.
The displays are one of the many projects being undertaken under the Kokoda Initiative, a partnership between Australia and Papua New Guinea that aims to protect and manage the Kokoda Track Region, while also benefiting local communities.
The Kokoda Initiative seeks to honour the wartime significance of the region by protecting cultural and natural heritage values while promoting sustainable tourism and trekking opportunities.