By Sharlyne Eri – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Local villages within Mt Koiari in Central Province have initiated a road project to address the prolonged transportation problem in the area.
The transportation issue has affected business activities, medical and school supplies and has resulted in a drop of teachers and health workers in the area.
Apart from travelling by air, road is the only other way to get to the city (Port Moresby) however, it has been neglected for many years.
After Edevu, the 67km road leading to villages in Mt Koiari is in a dire state. Public motor vehicles (PMV) only go as far as Edevu to avoid having to travel the beat-up road.
Villagers trek these rugged roads every day either to get their produce to the market or just to buy a packet of sugar.
In an attempt to get the attention of relevant authorities, local and Kokoda Trek Ranger, Noel Lendy, decided to initiate the road project.
A total of 95 villagers including women and children set up a camp at Manono for two weeks to clear the road.
They come from villages that are along the Kokoda Trek, however, they have benefited very little from the Kokoda Initiative.
The Kokoda Initiative is a partnership between the Australian and PNG Government, established in 2008 to improve the lives of communities along the trek.
Kairuku Hiri Member, Peter Isoaimo, has acknowledged the initiative with a K20, 000 commitment.
Kokoda Track Authority has also provided logistical support and food supplies.