Kokoda is beautiful, magical and historically rich; known world-over not only for its history, pristine environment, spectacular landscape, scenery, and people, but also its ability to humble and test the endurance of many a man who walk the rugged mountain track.
Governor Parkop expressed his disappointment in the lack of government interest shown for the track, despite it being a major tourist attraction and destination, and the immense contributions made to the country’s economy.
The NCD governor further added that the Koari people are peace-loving and hospitable, going out of their way to make all visitors feel welcome.
He stressed that Oro, Central and NCD are the main beneficiaries of all activities associated with the famous track, mainly from the hundreds of visitors worldwide that travel to walk the track and who spend a lot of money to do so.
“Leaders from the three provinces must work together to help the Kokoda Track Authority and improve the lives of the Koari and Kokoda people living along the track” he said.
He stated that the government ought to look into avenues to support the management of the Kokoda Track and promote tourism, as this would enable job creation for the locals and also boost the national economy.
Locals would also benefit greatly from the many opportunities that would present themselves, in the form of income-earning activities such as through the sale of fresh fruit and vegetables, arts and craft, traditional food dishes and artefacts.
The governor walked to raise funds for a Port Moresby school and expressed his gratitude towards the Kokoda Track Authority for their managing the Kokoda Track.